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. He finished the year skating for Canada in the 2015 U18 World Juniors. Audette led the Phoenix in goals (21) and assists (55) and was -37 with 79 penalty minutes in 68 regular season games. Sherbrooke finished sixth in the West Division, missing the playoffs after winning just 16 games. Audette scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in five games for gold medal-winning Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and 14 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. Canada finished fourth, falling 2-1 to Russia in the bronze medal game. Audette was named to Team Cherry for the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was ranked 75th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings. He was selected by Montreal in the fifth round (147th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Audette attended his first training camp with Montreal before returning to Sherbrooke for his third season with the Phoenix. He skated for the QMJHL All-Stars in the Subway Super Series against Russia. Leading the much-improved Phoenix in scoring for the second straight season, he scored 29 goals with 44 assists in 60 regular season games and was -16 with 64 penalty minutes. Sherbrooke reached the playoffs after finishing third in the West Division. Audette scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -2 with no penalties in the six-game first-round series against Charlottetown. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal in July 2015.
Audette faces questions as to whether he has the size and strength to make it as a player at the next level, let alone as a center. What cannot be questioned is the skill he shows when he has the puck on his stick. He is a fast and agile skater with outstanding puckhandling ability, Audette sees the ice well, creating scoring chances and setting up teammates even when playing in traffic.
Audette will attend his second training camp with the Canadiens in 2015 before returning to the QMJHL for his fourth junior season. The offensively skilled forward must continue to improve his defensive game and play in the high traffic areas more consistently. His progress to this point suggests Audette can be a valuable second or third line center with some scoring ability at the NHL level in the future.