Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Daoust
Dan Daoust was considered too small by most NHL scouts and was not selected by any NHL team coming out of junior, this despite the fact he had three successful years playing with the Cornwall Royals, where he scored over 40 goals in two seasons while recording 103 points in his final season in 1979-80.

The Montreal Canadiens opted to take a chance on Daoust who listed his height and weight as 5'10" and 160 pounds, though he was somewhat smaller. They signed him as a free agent in 1980. He played two years in the AHL with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs where his offensive production garnered attention from the Habs and other NHL teams. In his first season, Daoust appeared in 80 games, scoring 38 goals and 60 assists for 98 points. He followed that up with a 65-point season in 61 games the following year. Given his lack of size, Daoust realized it would be grit and determination that would earn him a spot in an NHL lineup.

In 1982-83, Daoust was called up to the Montreal Canadiens where he played four games, tallying a lone assist. Soon thereafter, Daoust was off to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, where the bulk of his NHL career would be defined. In 48 games with the Leafs that year, Daoust contributed 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points. He had high expectations for himself the following year, and he came through as promised. In 78 games, Daoust averaged almost a point per game, scoring 18 times while assisting on 56 others for 74 points. In 1984-85 he played in 79 games, but his production dropped a bit to 54 points. It turned out to be a sign for things to come. In 1985-86, he managed just 20 points in 80 games.

Daoust played a total of eight years in Toronto, becoming a fan favourite along the way. Despite his lack of size, he was always willing to stick his nose into a scrum. The final numbers for Daoust read 522 games played, 87 goals, 167 assists, 254 points, and 544 minutes in penalties.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 68 24 44 68 74 2 1 2 3 7
1978-79 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 72 42 55 97 85 7 2 4 6 29
1979-80 Cornwall Royals QMJHL 70 40 62 102 82 18 5 9 14 36
1979-80 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 5 1 4 5 8
1980-81 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 80 38 60 98 106 6 1 3 4 10
1981-82 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 61 25 40 65 75 9 5 2 7 11
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 1 4 -2
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 18 33 51 31 -1
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 78 18 56 74 88 -16
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 17 37 54 98 -27
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 7 13 20 88 -21 10 2 2 4 19
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 33 4 3 7 35 0 13 5 2 7 42
1986-87 Newmarket Saints AHL 1 0 0 0 4
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 9 8 17 57 -7 4 0 0 0 2
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 7 5 12 54 -20
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 7 11 18 89 +1 5 0 1 1 20
1990-91 HC Ajoie Swiss-2 27 21 32 53 106 10 6 8 14 17
1991-92 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss 5 5 9 14 8
1991-92 SC Lyss Swiss-2 25 24 16 40 58 9 3 6 9 44
1991-92 ESV Kaufbeuren Germany 7 2 0 2 14
1992-93 HC Thurgau Swiss-2 36 23 31 54 123 5 4 5 9 8
1993-94 HC Thurgau Swiss-2 36 21 26 47 97 2 0 1 1 2
1994-95 HC Thurgau Swiss-2 36 23 42 65 105 6 7 5 12 41
1995-96 HC Thurgau Swiss-2 36 25 40 65 50 5 3 6 9 10
1996-97 HC Thurgau Swiss-2 19 10 24 34 20 3 1 1 2 8
NHL Totals 522 87 167 254 544 32 7 5 12 83


AHL First All-Star Team (1981)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1983)
Signed as a free agent by Montreal, March 9, 1981. Traded to Toronto by Montreal for Toronto's 3rd round choice (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Ken Hodge Jr.) in 1984 Entry Draft, December 17, 1982.