Skip to content

‘Hawks 2011 first-round pick Danault told to emulate Kruger

Jul 24, 2014, 11:08 PM EDT

Phillip Danault Getty Images

After completing his first full AHL campaign, Phillip Danault has gotten very specific instructions from Rockford IceHogs coach Ted Dent and Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.

“They told me they want me to be a Kruger,” Danault told CSN Chicago. “So I’ll try to mold myself after Marcus Kruger.”

The Blackhawks took him with the 26th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft after they acquired the pick from Washington in exchange for Troy Brouwer. Danault is one of the 10 first rounders from that class that hasn’t reached the NHL level yet.

Although Danault excelled offensively at the junior level, by asking him to be more like Kruger the Blackhawks are making it clear that they see him being more of a shutdown role at the NHL level. He’s already begun to adapt to that style of play in the minors.

“(Danault) embraces that role,” Dent said. “Everyone loves to score goals. But the guys that defend well and keep the puck out of our net are just as important. They just don’t get the recognition.”

  1. blomfeld - Jul 25, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Person A: didn’t we beat these people back in May ?

    Person B: yes friend, I believe we did … :)


    *** somewhere out on the great plain ***

    Blom Feather: who is this young rider that goes before us down there in the valley ?

    Ten Bears: I believe he may be a young ‘new’ brave from the Blackhawk nation ?

    Crazy Dog: yeah, well whatever … we whopped his people’s asses this spring ‘big’ time !

    Blom Feather: that may be so, however we must never become ‘overly’ confident in our doings …

    Ten Bears: look over there ! … ‘Dances With Kane’ is following that young brave’s trail !

    Crazy Dog: you know, I’ve just about had enough of this ‘idiot’ Toews !

    Blom Feather: your upset is warranted brother … let us now silence ‘Dances With Kane’ !

    Ten Bears: you go left Blom and we’ll go right ?

    Blom Feather; roger that ! :)


    executive summary: we SC Champion LA Kings are ‘superior’ to Oprah and the Blackhawks !

    • esracerx46 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      Talking to yourself again…will another Kings fan please be friends with this guy? Oh wait, he is both Kings fans.

  2. hockeyfan117 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Trolling the Chicago beat again Bloomfield? Nothing to report on about your Kings? Maybe one day people might actually follow the Kings organization,….unlikely! 2 cups and 2 fans,…Congrats!

  3. pone27 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Blom, what the heck did you just type? Hahaha.

    And while I never care, but you since you were being so grammatically correct…. It’s whooped not whopped.

  4. cheggy1731 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Good role if you can score timely goals also. Maybe he can develop into a “Boland type” player

  5. rosloe62 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Blom, don’t lose your medical marijuana card.

  6. lovac2 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Does emulating Kruger also include getting crushed at least once a game.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (1800)
  2. P. Kessel (1543)
  3. M. Richards (1307)
  4. P. Datsyuk (1120)
  5. N. Backstrom (1118)