2010-11: Daniel Audette appeared in five midget AAA games with College Esther-Blondin, including one playoff contest, and was one of the top bantam players in Quebec. He had no points and 6 penalty minutes in five games with the Phénix.
2011-12: Audette led College Esther-Blondin in scoring and played for Canada Quebec in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge as a 15-year-old. He scored 25 goals with 35 assists and had 57 penalty minutes in 39 regular season games for the Phénix and scored 7 goals with 16 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 13 Quebec AAA playoff games. College Esther-Blondin reached the 2012 Telus Cup championship game with Audette scoring 4 goals with 13 assists in seven games. He had 1 assist in five games for Canada Quebec at the WHC. Audette was selected by Sherbrooke with the first overall pick in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2012-13: Audette was the fourth-leading scorer for the expansion Sherbrooke Phoenix in his first QMJHL season and represented Canada Quebec in the U17 World Hockey Challenge for the second time. He scored 10 goals with 19 assists and was -31 with 65 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games. Sherbrooke finished last in the West Division with the league’s third-worst record and was swept by Baie-Comeau in a first round playoff series. Audette had 2 assists and was -3 with 6 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was an assistant captain for Canada Quebec and scored 1 goal with 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes in five WHC games.
2013-14: Audette played for Canada’s gold medal U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before returning to Sherbrooke for his second QMJHL season. Audette scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He was named to Team Cherry for the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
It is easy to question whether Audette has the size and strength to make it as a player at the next level, let alone as a center. What cannot be questioned, though, is the skill he shows when he has the puck on his stick. A good skater with outstanding puckhandling ability, Audette sees the ice extremely well, which helps him create scoring chances and set up his teammates even when playing in traffic.
Audette should spend the next two years at the junior level playing in the QJMHL and developing his overall game. The offensively skilled forward must improve his defensive game and play more in the high traffic areas in order to have a chance to get to the NHL.