Phillip Danault has often said that he plays a more offensive role with the Los Angeles Kings than he does with the Montreal Canadiens.
And rightly so, as the Quebec native had his two best offensive seasons in the California National Hockey League, scoring 27 and 18 goals.
However, with the arrival of Pierre-Luc Dubois this summer, many now view Danault as the team’s third center forward.
But Kings president Luc Robitaille disagrees.
“It’s hard to say who’s No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 on our team,” he said during a generous interview with JiC on Monday.
“Of course you have to write names on the board, but I’m not ready to say Phillip is our third center. I’m ready to say we have three very good centres.
Moreover, Robitaille was very complimentary towards the newcomer Dubois.
First he said, “He is a player who will help us.” First of all, he is a very good team player and a very good hockey player on the ice. He uses his body, he has speed, he has physique… he is exactly the type of player we are looking for.
“It’s not easy to play against the rest of us when you have Anze Kopitar, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Phillip Danault in the middle.”
Watch Luc Robitaille’s full interview in the video above.