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.