MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday night the acquisition of forward Phillip Danault and a second-round draft pick in 2018 from the Chicago Blackhawks, in return for forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann.
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"Phillip Danault is a young and gifted player who will be part of our core group of young forwards for many years to come. I am very pleased to have him join our organization. As a member of the Blackhawks management group, I was instrumental in the selection of Phillip in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann have both been good contributors to our team and I would like to wish them the best of luck with the Blackhawks' organization," said Marc Bergevin.
Danault, 23, appeared in 32 career games with the Blackhawks, including 30 this season, amassing five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and six penalty minutes, while playing an average of 12:38 per game. The 6’0’’ and 201 lbs forward added two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and four penalty minutes in six games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. In 160 career games in the AHL, Danault has collected 68 points (20 goals, 48 assists) and 94 penalty minutes.
A native of Victoriaville, Quebec, Danault was the Blackhawks’ second pick in the first round, 26th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A product of the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres and Moncton Wildcats, he recorded 251 points (74 goals, 177 assists) in 243 games at the Junior level.
Dale Weise, 27, registered 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 56 games with the Canadiens thus far this season. The Winnipeg native was acquired by the Canadiens from the Vancouver Canucks in return for Raphael Diaz on February 3, 2014.
Tomas Fleischmann, 31, produced 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) and 28 penalty minutes in 57 games Montreal thus far this season. The Koprivnice, Czech Republic native signed a contract with the Canadiens as a free agent on October 4, 2015.