The Ottawa Senators have strayed away from their UND picks but continue with the trend of drafting taller kids. With their sixth round and 158th pick, the Sens select QMJHL LW Philippe Daoust.
Hailing from Barie, ONT; Daoust spent the past season with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL scoring 29 points (7g, 22a) in 58 games. While he has spent his career fighting the odds so far, he seems to have found a great offensive touch with the Wildcats this past season and is only expected to continue to improve and surprise.
Philippe Daoust was passed on by the OHL draft but has found success in the QMJHL and seems to have shown that he can thrive when challenged.
The Ottawa Senators take the @NOJHL alumni Philippe Daoust from Moncton. Former French River Rapids player. 20 OHL teams let him walk to the QMJHL & he has flourished. I'm happy for the kid & it further shows that the path is rarely straight.— North American Central Scouting Independent Bureau (@MarkSeidel) October 7, 2020
He has become an important player for that team. You don't expect that from a guy that 20 other teams pass on. He is slippery & has offensive skills. His point totals are low because he had to work his way up the lineup. I expect him to double his points this season.— North American Central Scouting Independent Bureau (@MarkSeidel) October 7, 2020
He is being touted as an underdog who has constantly proven people wrong and exceeded expectation.
Really hope this kid gets drafted today! #2020NHLDraft @monctonwildcats forward @philippe_daoust’s journey in the game is truly incredible!— Craig Eagles (@Eags37) October 7, 2020
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Welcome to Ottawa, Phillipe!