Where are they now: Daniel Audette
Daniel Audette, the Phoenix’s first ever selection in the QMJHL Draft, spent four seasons sporting the blue and beige. Between 2012-2016, Audette collected 237 points (82 goals and 155 assists) in 234 games played. He holds the record for all-time leader in points, as well as in goals and assists, in Phoenix franchise history.
The Blainville native lead his team in points in two consecutive seasons (2013-2014 and 2014-2015) and sported the “A” as assistant captain in all but one of his four years in Sherbrooke.
In 2013, he played at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (now known as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup), where he helped Canada capture gold, notching two goals and an assist in three games. The annual U-18 tournament is a showcase for NHL prospects.
In 2014, Audette was chosen 147th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. The son of former NHLer Donald Audette surely knew a thing or two about the storied franchise, as his father played for the Canadiens in parts of three seasons during his illustrious fourteen-year career.
Daniel currently skates for Montreal’s affiliate club, the Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League.
His AHL career began in 2016, following his final season with the Phoenix. He played his first career game for the St. Johns Ice Caps (the Montreal Canadiens affiliate team at the time) on April 9th, 2016 against the Utica Comets.
The following season (2016-2017) he suited up in 75 games for the Ice Caps and lead all rookies on his team with 30 points. A year later the team relocated to Laval, where they now call Place Bell home. The feeling of home applies especially to Audette, who grew up just minutes away from the newly built arena.
On October 6th, 2017, Audette scored the first goal in Rocket’s franchise history against the Belleville Senators. In the 2017-2018 season he totaled 29 points in 56 games and set a career-high in goals with 13.
Through 24 games this season, the former Phoenix superstar ranks seventh on his team in points, with two goals and seven assists. Daniel and his teammates look to turn their season around in the new year, as they currently sit near the bottom of the standings with a record of 11-14-2-2.