The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they’ve re-signed restricted free agent forward Philip Danault to a three year, contract with a annual average cap hit of just over $3 million.
The 25 year old forward scored eight goals and 25 points in 52 games last season, following his career high of 13 goals and 40 points in 82 games during the 2016-17 season. The native of Victoriaville, Quebec was selected in the first round (26th overall) by the Habs in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. In total he has 25 goals and 75 points in 187 career NHL games.
As of one the team’s few legitimate centers, it’s expected that Danault will receive plenty of offensive opportunities in 2018-19 and beyond. It’s expected that he’ll center a line with either Max Pacioretty or Max Domi on the left wing and either Brendan Gallagher or Artturi Lehkonen on the right wing. Not bad. Not bad at all.
For the full press release of today’s signing courtesy of the Habs’ official website, read below:
MONTREAL - The Canadiens announced on Sunday that they had agreed to terms with center Phillip Danault on a three-year contract.
The deal will pay the 25-year-old forward $3.083 million per season (AAV).
A Victoriaville native, Danault suited up for 52 games with the Canadiens last year, netting eight goals and adding 17 assists to go along with an even differential.
Danault completed his third season with Montreal after being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in February 2016.
In 155 games with the Habs, Danault boasts 24 goals, 46 assists and 70 points, along with a plus-3 differential.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound pivot was the Blackhawks' first-round pick - 26th overall - in 2011.
MONTREAL - The Canadiens signed center Phillip Danault to a brand new three-year contract on Sunday. Here's a look at some of the stats the 25-year-old has compiled in the NHL ranks.
50.9 - Percentage of faceoffs Danault has won over the course of his career, demonstrating his proficiency in that all-important aspect of the game.
75 - Career points amassed by the 25-year-old, consisting of 25 goals and 50 assists in 187 games with Chicago and Montreal.
82 - Danault suited up for all 82 games in 2016-17, and also skated in all six playoff contests that spring. He missed 30 games last season with various injuries sustained as a result of taking a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the head.
16:35 - Average ice time for Danault in 2017-18, ranking him third among Canadiens forwards behind Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Drouin.
52 - Number of shots Danault blocked in 2016-17, good for second among Habs forwards. He blocked 38 this past season, which ranked him fourth among players up front - although two of the three players ahead of him dressed for all 82 games.
49 - Number of takeaways Danault had in 2016-17, the most of any Canadiens forward.
Source: Montreal Canadiens
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