Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Donald Audette
A big-time success story, Audette was drafted 183rd overall and looked to be filler for the Sabres minor-league teams. He had taken the Laval Titan to the Memorial Cup finals in 1988-89 during a year in which he scored 76 goals and 161 points, despite his small stature.

The next year he was assigned to Rochester, and again proved his worth by scoring 42 goals to win the AHL rookie of the year award, and he scored another four times in just eight games with the Sabres. In his first full season he scored 31 goals and was named the team's top rookie, subsequently establishing himself as a solid 20-goal man in the league.

In all, Audette played nine years with Buffalo. He missed 22 games in 1992-93 after serious knee injury, and in 1995-96 missed more than half a season after reconstructive surgery for a torn ACL. Each time he bounced back to score more and play effective, two-way hockey, but in 1998-99 he was traded to Los Angeles and the year after to the fledgling Atlanta Thrashers.

In 2000-01, he proved his worth in spades, scoring 32 goals for the Trashers. But he was on the move again, back to Buffalo by season's end, a proven scorer back to where it all began.

The Laval, Quebec native played ony 12 games with Sabres his second time around before moving on to Dallas and then Montreal where he has spent the better part of the past two seasons. After beginning the 2003-04 season in Montreal, Audette spent some time with the team's AHL affiliate in Toronto before joining the Florida Panthers just prior to the All-Star break.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Laval-Laurentides QAAA 41 32 38 70 51 8 5 9 14 10
1986-87 Laval Titan QMJHL 66 17 22 39 36 14 2 6 8 10
1987-88 Laval Titan QMJHL 63 48 61 109 56 14 7 12 19 20
1988-89 Laval Titan QMJHL 70 76 85 161 123 17 17 12 29 43
1988-89 Laval Titan M-Cup 4 3 6 9 6
1989-90 Rochester Americans AHL 70 42 46 88 78 15 9 8 17 29
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 4 3 7 4 -1
1990-91 Rochester Americans AHL 5 4 0 4 2
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 31 17 48 75 -1
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 44 12 7 19 51 -8 8 2 2 4 6
1992-93 Rochester Americans AHL 6 8 4 12 10
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 29 30 59 41 +2 7 0 1 1 6
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 46 24 13 37 27 -3 5 1 1 2 4
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 23 12 13 25 18 0
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 28 22 50 48 -6 11 4 5 9 6
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 24 20 44 59 +10 15 5 8 13 10
1998-99 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 18 18 36 51 +7
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 49 12 20 32 45 +6
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 14 7 4 11 12 -4
2000-01 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 64 32 39 71 64 -3
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 2 6 8 12 +1 13 3 6 9 4
2001-02 Dallas Stars NHL 20 4 8 12 12 +2
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 13 1 5 6 8 +1 12 6 4 10 10
2002-03 Montreal Canadiens NHL 54 11 12 23 19 -7
2002-03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 11 5 5 10 8 +1
2003-04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 23 3 5 8 16 -4
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 28 6 7 13 22 -9
NHL Totals 735 260 249 509 584 73 21 27 48 46


QMJHL First All-Star Team (1989)
AHL First All-Star Team (1990)
Dudley ``Red'' Garret Memorial Award (AHL - Rookie of the Year) (1990) Played in NHL ALL-Star Game (2001)
Missed majority of 1990-91 due to knee injury vs. Edmonton, November 16, 1990.
Missed majority of 1995-96 due to knee injury in training camp, September 23, 1995. Traded to Los Angeles by Buffalo for Los Angeles' 2nd round choice (Milan Bartovic) in 1999 Entry Draft, December 18, 1998. Traded to Atlanta by Los Angeles with Frantisek Kaberle for Kelly Buchberger and Nelson Emerson, March 13, 2000. Traded to Buffalo by Atlanta for the rights to Kamil Piros and Buffalo's 4th round choice (later traded to St. Louis - St. Louis selected Igor Valeyev) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, July 2, 2001. Traded to Montreal by Dallas with Shaun Van Allen for Martin Rucinsky and Benoit Brunet, November 21, 2001.
Missed majority of 2001-02 due to wrist injury vs. NY Rangers, December 1, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Florida, January 15, 2004, following release by Montreal.