Future Considerations

Blackhawks Danault, McNeill returned to junior
September 22, 2011, 7:39 pm
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From Bryer MacPherson:

The Chicago Blackhawks announced that forward Phillip Danault has been returned to the Victoriaville Tigers of the QMJHL Wednesday.

Danault was selected 26th overall in June.

Danault, the teams first round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, was selected ninth overall in the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft by Victoriaville.

The 18-year-old Victoriaville, QC. native scored 23 goals and recorded 67 points in 64 games last season for the Tigres. He also captained the team to the quarter-finals in last year’s QMJHL playoffs before being eliminated in four games to the eventual Presidents Cup and Memorial Cup champion Saint John Sea Dogs. Continue reading

FC at the Draft: Phillip Danault – Chicago Blackhawks
July 6, 2011, 12:01 pm
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FC at the Draft: Mark McNeill – Chicago Blackhawks
July 4, 2011, 7:01 pm
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Danault all smiles on draft day
June 27, 2011, 11:57 pm
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From Brian Huddle:

The smile was ear to ear on Victoriaville Tigres forward Phillip Danault.

It just happened to show up a little earlier than expected.

Danault was all smiles after being drafted 26th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota. Continue reading

Hawks nab Danault 26th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 10:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

With the 26th overall selection acquired from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Troy Brouwer, the Chicago Blackhawks have picked Victoriaville’s Phillip Danault.

A player who leaves nothing left in the gas tank each time he plays, the centre has speed to burn and always has his feet moving. His high compete level compliments both his speed and playmaking ability, as evident in his 44 assists and 67 points in 64 games this season. Continue reading

Hawks take McNeill 18th in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:36 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Chicago Blackhawks have selected Prince Albert Raiders centre Mark McNeill with the 18th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

One of the top two-way centres in the draft, McNeill provides responsible defensive play, good puck protection and the ability to create turnovers in the neutral zone and productive talent in the offensive zone.

McNeill possesses an excellent blend of size, at six-foot-two, 205-pounds, and a skating stride that makes him hard to separate the puck from. Couple that with a strong understanding of his surroundings and commitment to hustle and grit leaves McNeill with the potential of a first-line centre.

The Prince Albert Raiders standout has had his offensive talent questioned, despite scoring 32 goals and 81 points in 70 games this season. That’s mainly because McNeill’s game lacks the flash of a top-line forward. Continue reading

Americans pro powered
December 9, 2010, 4:16 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

When Team USA takes to the ice in Buffalo to defend their gold medal at the World Junior Championship, they’ll have a decidedly professional approach.

That’s because they’ll have four professional players suiting up for them as they look for back-to-back gold medals for the first time in the tournament’s history. Continue reading