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Daniel Audette

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Position: Center
Shoots: Left
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 176
Born: 6 May, 1996
Birthplace: Blainville, QC, Canada
Drafted: MTL 2014 (5th Round / 147th Overall)

From Canadiens.com:

With their second fifth-round pick of the day, the Canadiens went for a player with strong family ties to the organization, drafting Daniel Audette with the 147thoverall pick. The son of former Hab and current Canadiens scout Donald Audettehas spent the last two years starring for the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the QMJHL. Audette had 76 points in 68 games in 2013-14, leading the Phoenix in scoring with 32 more points than the team’s second-leading scorer. The Blainville, QC native finished 15th overall in the QMJHL scoring race, one spot behind fellow Habs prospect, Charles Hudon, earning his spot with the Canadiens through merit, not bloodlines.

“We took Donald right out of the equation in all our draft meetings. Any discussions we had, we asked Donald to leave the room,” shared Timmins, who also had the elder Audette watch the second day of the draft from the stands with Daniel to ensure an unbiased selection.

“At the press conference on Thursday I said we wanted to get bigger, stronger and faster, but at the same time, if there’s a player that’s undersized there and he’s a good hockey player, it’s tough to pass. That’s the situation here with Daniel,” continued Timmins, likening the 5-foot-9 forward to a fellow fifth-round pick the Canadiens made in 2010. “Similar to Brendan Gallagher in his draft year, you simply can’t go by a player with that much ability. He was pretty emotional when he came to the table and he said we wouldn’t regret it. He’s an undersized player, but he’s thick. He’s got that tenacity and grit that it takes for an undersized player to succeed.”

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