Daniel Audette
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Daniel Audette

Hometown:

Buffalo NY

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-05-06

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-8

Acquired:

5th round (147th overall), 2014

Weight:

178 lbs.

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History

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.

2015-16: Audette made his pro hockey debut in April — joining Montreal AHL affiliate St. John’s following his fourth season with the QMJHL’s Sherbrooke Phoenix. He had no points nor penalties in four games with the IceCaps. Serving as an assistant captain for Sherbrooke for the third straight year, Audette was the team’s second-leading scorer despite missing over a month after separating his shoulder at the end of October. In 52 games he scored 22 goals with 37 assists and was -10 with 53 penalty minutes. The Phoenix finished fifth in the West Division, falling to Shawinigan in a first-round playoff series. Audette scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -5 with 2 penalty minutes in five playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Quick, flashy and a sharp shooter, Audette made a difference in Sherbrooke when he arrived. Playing like a water bug, he has the power in his stride to quickly get past defenders, yet has the agility and pivot to catch them off guard. At his level, his wrist shot and fierce attitude are expected to place him among the team’s scoring leaders. He contains the necessary attributes to strive in Montreal; character and a passion to learn and become better each year. He possesses strong bloodlines and wears his heart on his sleeve. He will need to continue being consistent and work on adding more weight and muscle to his frame in order to compete at the next level.

Future

Audette skated for the Sherbrooke Phoenix in 2015-16, overcoming an early season shoulder injury to have another big offensive season. Signed to an entry-level contract by Montreal prior to the season, he will likely begin his pro career with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps in 2016-17. An undersized but speedy and creative playmaker, he projects as a Rocco Grimaldi-type forward.

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