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The fifth round was the perfect time for the Canadiens to take a flier on a small but skilled forward like Daniel Audette.
Audette's father, Donald, played in 735 NHL games for six NHL teams during his career and is currently a scout for the Habs.
Yes, Audette only stands 5'9" and weighs 176 pounds, but he has great offensive hockey skills. Audette sees the ice very well and is able to make pinpoint passes while moving at full speed.
As would be expected, his biggest weakness is being outmuscled for loose pucks. Defensively, he is a liability and had a plus/minus rating of minus-37 last season and minus-31 the year before that with Sherbrooke of the QMJHL.
Offensively, Audette has been very productive. He scored 21 goals and 76 points in 68 games. No other player on his team had more than 44 points and that makes his 55 assists even more impressive.
If he can learn to play better positional defense and add a little strength to his game, Audette can be a late-round steal.
--update by Brad Kurtzberg--