BROSSARD - After four seasons in the junior ranks, Daniel Audette is ready to make the jump to the pros next year.
A fifth-round selection of the Canadiens in 2014, Audette played four games with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps after his Sherbrooke Phoenix were eliminated in the opening round of the QMJHL playoffs back in early April.
“That’s really where I want to play this year. That’s my goal. I’m working hard this summer to make it happen,” said Audette, who says he’s ready to make the jump to the AHL after getting a brief taste of it this past spring. “It was a good experience. All of the guys are really good. The style of play is quick, so you really need to get used to it. The players are also a lot stronger, so I’m working on that during my offseason.
“Everybody does their job in the AHL,” continued Audette, who didn’t register his name on the scoresheet during his brief time with the IceCaps in 2015-16. “If you’re shut down in the neutral zone, it’s because a player did his job and he’ll be proud of doing it. That’s the big thing that really caught my attention the most. That’s what allows players to make it to the NHL.”
While awaiting the start of rookie camp and training camp, too, the son of former Canadiens forward Donald Audette is training near his home in Saint-Roch.
“I’m training with Bobby, the trainer in St. John’s. He’s helped me become stronger and to get ready for the next step,” said Audette, who is currently taking part in his third development camp with the Canadiens. “This time, I want to prove that I’ve gotten stronger and faster, and that I’m working on both of those aspects of my game.”