March 6, 1985|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
Toronto Maple Leafs
265th overall, 2004|
After two seasons in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL) with the Wexford Raiders, Winnik joined the college hockey ranks with the University of New Hampshire of Hockey East. Following his freshman year, Winnik was drafted 265th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. He found his scoring touch with the Wildcats in his sophomore year, scoring 18 goals for 40 points and was one of UNH's best in being named in the NCAA Northeast Regional All-Tournament team. In his junior year, Daniel consolidated his break out year by leading the Wildcats with 26 assists and finishing fifth in the Hockey East in scoring with 41 points. He was named as Hockey East player of the month for November and was selected to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team. After completing a three-year career with New Hampshire he signed a three-year entry level contract with the Coyotes on March 31, 2006. He immediately made his professional debut with American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, to finish the 2005–06 season.
In his first full professional year in 2006–07, Winnik played in a checking role with the Rampage scoring 21 points in 66 games while also spending a stint in the ECHL with secondary affiliate, the Phoenix RoadRunners. In 2007–08, Winnik made the Coyotes line-up out of training camp and scored his first NHL goal in his debut on October 4, 2007 in a 3–2 win against the St. Louis Blues. At the end of his first NHL year Winnik had established himself as a regular in the Coyotes team and was looked upon, by coach Wayne Gretzky, as the team's top penalty killer.
After a promising start to his NHL career, Dan suffered a sophomore slump in 2008–09, scoring just 7 points in 49 games. Seldom used as a reserve forward he was assigned to San Antonio on a 5-game conditioning stint on January 1, 2009. He was then re-signed to an arbitrated one-year contract on July 24, 2009. Winnik quickly rebounded in the following 2009–10 season, regaining a checking line role and finding his scoring touch, tying his career high with 15 assists. As part of a resurgent Coyotes team he made his playoff debut appearing scoreless in 7 games against the Detroit Red Wings.
On June 28, 2010, Winnik was traded by the Coyotes to the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was then signed to a two-year contract with the Avalanche on July 2, 2010.
In the 2011–12 season at the trade deadline on February 27, 2012, Winnik was traded by the Avalanche, along with TJ Galiardi and a seventh-round pick, to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jamie McGinn and prospects Mike Connolly and Michael Sgarbossa.
On July 28, 2014, Winnik signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with his hometown team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, worth $1.3 million. In the 2014–15 season, Winnik proved a versatile asset for the Maple Leafs with his penalty killing abilities and scoring touch, notching 25 points in 58 appearances, and having spent time on all four lines. On February 25, 2015, with the Maple Leafs out of playoff contention, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Zach Sill, a 2015 fourth round pick and a 2016 second round pick. In 21 games with the Penguins, Winnik collected 2 goals and 9 points but was unable to help the Penguins to a deep playoff run.
On July 1, 2015, Winnik, by this time a fan favourite in Toronto, returned to the Maple Leafs, signing as a free agent on a two-year deal. Winnik's offensive production declined from his previous season with the Maple Leafs, though he remained a concrete part of the penalty kill. On February 28, 2016, the eve of the trade deadline, Winnik was traded to the Washington Capitals, along with a 5th round selection (Beck Malenstyn) in the 2016 draft, in exchange for forward Brooks Laich, prospect defenceman Connor Carrick and a 2nd round draft pick in 2016 (Carl Grundström).
After collecting a career best 12 goals and contributing with 25 points in 72 games for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals in the 2016–17 season, Winnik became a free agent at the conclusion of his contract.
Going un-signed over the summer, Winnik accepted an invitation to attend the Minnesota Wild's 2017 training camp on a professional try-out contract. On the opening day of the 2017–18 season, Winnik secured a one-year deal with the Wild on October 4, 2017.
Prior to the 2018–19 season, Winnik signed a professional try out with the Boston Bruins. After attending training camp and remaining on the roster through the pre-season, Winnik was belatedly released from his PTO contract and signed abroad with Geneve-Servette HC of the Swiss National League on October 1, 2018. On February 7, 2019, Winnik agreed to an early two-year contract extension worth CHF 1.4 million with Geneva, through the 2020/21 season.
|2003–04||U. of New Hampshire||HE||37||4||10||14||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||U. of New Hampshire||HE||42||18||22||40||26||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||U. of New Hampshire||HE||39||15||26||41||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||7||1||1||2||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||66||9||12||21||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||5||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||San Jose Sharks||NHL||21||3||2||5||10||5||0||1||1||6|
|2014–15||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||58||7||18||25||19||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||56||4||10||14||16||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
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- "Coyotes sign Daniel Winnik". Phoenix Coyotes. 2006-03-31. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Winnik's first NHL goal stands as Winner". CBS Sports. 2007-10-04. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Coyote's Winnik bringing toughness". AZCentral. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "Winnik's attitude pleases Maloney". Phoenix Coyotes. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Coyotes' Daniel Winnik gets one-year deal in arbitration". The Hockey News. 2009-07-24. Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Winnik rebounding from scoring slump". Phoenix Coyotes. 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Playoff first timers eager for game 1". Phoenix Coyotes. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
- Dater, Adrian (2010-06-28). "Avs acquire Phoenix forward Dan Winnik". Denver Post. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
- "Avalanche signs Quincey, Winnik". Colorado Avalanche. 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
- "Avs duo provide Sharks with depth and grit". National Hockey League. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "Ducks bolster depth, sign Winnik to two-year deal". The Sports Network. 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
- "Leafs Sign Daniel Winnik". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
- "Maple Leafs trade Winnik to Penguins". The Sports Network. 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2015-02-25.
- "Maple Leafs sign forward Daniel Winnik to two-year contract". National Hockey League. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
- "Maple Leafs complete trade with the Washington Capitals". Toronto Maple Leafs. 2016-02-28. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
- "Wild sign forward Daniel Winnik to one-year deal". Sportsnet.ca. 2017-10-04. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- "Bruins Announce Changes to Preseason Rosters". NHL.com. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- Berset, Marc-André (October 2, 2018). "Daniel Winnik to join Genève-Servette HC". swisshockeynews.ch. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
- "2013–14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19.