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XAVIER OUELLET
Xavier Ouellet
Position: Defense
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’0” / 200 lbs.
Birthdate: July 29, 1993
Hometown: Bayonne, France
Acquired: Detroit’s second choice (48th overall) in the 2011 draft
CSS Ranking: 60th North American skater (2011)
Contract: 2016 via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: Two-Way Defenseman

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2009-10 QMJHL All-Rookie Team
  • 2010-11 CHL Top Prospects Game
  • 2011-12 CHL Canada-Russia Subway Super Series (Team QMJHL)
  • 2011-12 QMJHL First-Team All-Star
  • 2011-12 QMJHL Emile (Butch) Bouchard Trophy Top Defenceman finalist
  • 2012-13 CHL Canada-Russia Subway Super Series (Team QMJHL)
  • 2012-13 QMJHL First-Team All-Star
  • 2013-14 The Hockey News Future Watch (NHL’s 63rd-best prospect)

HISTORY
2009-10
  • First-round QMJHL pick of Montreal had solid rookie season (43-2-14-16, plus-4).
  • Maintained full-time role in first-round playoff setback (7-0-3-3).
2010-11
  • Top-four defenseman for Montreal, one of best teams in QMJHL (40 wins, second overall).
  • Finished second in team defense scoring (67-8-35-43, plus-27).
  • Point total tied him for 16th in the league among defense scorers.
  • Played well in playoffs despite second-round upset loss (10-0-8-8, plus-5).
  • Selected in the second round, 48th overall, by the Red Wings in the 2011 NHL draft.
2011-12
  • Returned to QMJHL as franchise shifted from Montreal to Blainville-Boisbriand.
  • Served as captain of Armada and helped them to surprising third overall QMJHL finish.
  • Signed three-year entry-level contract with Red Wings in March.
  • Finished third in scoring among QMJHL defensemen (63-21-39-60, plus-16, 202 shots).
  • Had an assist and was a plus-1 for Team QMJHL in two CHL Subway Super Series games.
  • Named QMJHL first star of the month for tremendous play in January (11-4-12-16, plus-8).
  • Finished season on a scoring rampage for final 35 games (35-14-30-44, plus-18).
  • Helped team go two rounds deep in QMJHL playoffs (11-3-7-10, plus-3, 44 shots).
2012-13
  • Returned to QMJHL for fourth season and second season as Blainville-Boisbriand captain.
  • Posted solid numbers (50-10-31-41, plus-14, 166 shots).
  • Finished 15th in QMJHL defense scoring despite missing 18 games.
  • Represented Canada at 2013 IIHF world junior championship (6-1-2-3, even plus-minus, 18 shots).
  • Helped Blainville-Boisbriand to third-place finish and three-round playoff run.
  • Led all QMJHL defenseman in scoring at time of post-season exit (15-7-9-16, plus-7, 54 shots).
  • Joined AHL’s Grand Rapids at end of season but did not play in any games.
2013-14
  • Appeared in five NHL pre-season games (5-0-1-1, minus-4, five shots, 18:13 ATOI).
  • Assigned to Grand Rapids and enjoyed a solid AHL rookie campaign (70-4-13-17, plus-3, 92 shots).
  • Earned three separate NHL recalls to Detroit, including his NHL debut on Oct. 21.
  • Appeared in four games with Red Wings (4-0-0-0, even plus-minus, four shots, 14:34 ATOI).
  • At age 20, became youngest player to suit up for Red Wings since Jiri Fischer.
  • Recalled to replace Jakub Kindl for Game 5 of playoffs against Boston (minus-1, one shot, 9:20 TOI).
  • Went without a point in eight AHL playoff games (8-0-0-0, minus-5, 12 shots).

SCOUT COMMENTS
“We love the fact that he has very good skating ability and excellent mobility … He might be a very solid two-way guy, solid in his own end with a little offensive touch to him. He’s got some ability to move the puck well and break out and accelerate away from a forechecker, which is very important.” — Red Wings scout Mark Leach (June 2011) … “(Xavier) Ouellet and (Ryan) Sproul look like they’re going to be ready for prime time pretty soon,” — Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock (October 2013, detroitredwings.com) … “Xavier is a little bit more of being strong on the puck — he knows how to manage his game, he’s got a good shot, good offensive ability. But I think he’s going to be an NHLer as a guy who does a little bit of everything. They both (Ouellet and Ryan Sproul) can be regular NHLers and really impactful NHLers if they continue to progress.” — Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill (February 2014) … “He makes good decisions with the puck and doesn’t get himself into trouble. Smart players with hockey sense don’t tend to make a bunch of mistakes” — Babcock (March 2014, The Hockey News) … “His skating needs to improve, but thanks to him being so smart on the ice, he doesn’t put himself in tough situations.” — Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer (March 2014, The Hockey News) … “Ouellet makes the right play each and every time.” — Babcock (April 2014, MLive.com) … “He’s got a real consistency to his game … He seems to be able to find the right passing lanes and deliver the puck on time and let the forwards do their work. He’s strong on the puck, he’s strong in puck battles, and that makes him a good penalty killer.” — Blashill (May 2014, foxsports.com).

STRENGTHS
A solid two-way blueliner … Combination of vision and hockey sense helps him lead the breakout effectively … Makes a crisp first pass but has also shown he can carry the puck up the ice when the time is right … Doesn’t make many mistakes with the puck … Responsible in his own zone … Capable on the power play but even better on the penalty kill … Capable of winning puck battles along the boards and in front … Excellent work ethic … Tremendous smarts and positioning … Consistent — doesn’t take shifts or games off … Has added a physical dimension and willing to drop the gloves when necessary … Character player who wore a captain’s C in junior at the young age of 18.

WEAKNESSES
Average size and skating ability … May not be a top point producer because he lacks dynamic offensive ability … Can try to do too much with the puck and needs to keep his game simple.

PROJECTION
Ouellet was the best, most complete defenseman in the QMJHL for two seasons before his smooth transition to the pros as an AHL rookie in 2013-14. Making his NHL debut shortly after his 20th birthday — the youngest Red Wing to do so since Jiri Fischer — Ouellet is well on his way to becoming a two-way, top-four defenseman in the NHL. He’s the front-runner among a half-dozen blue-chip defense prospects to win a full-time job with the Red Wings in 2014-15.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix QMAAA 42 2 9 11 49 | Playoffs 14 1 3 4 24 
 2009-2010 Montréal Juniors QMJHL 43 2 14 16 22 | Playoffs 7 0 3 3 12 
  Canada Québec U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 4 |          
 2010-2011 Montréal Juniors QMJHL 67 8 35 43 44 | Playoffs 10 0 8 8
  Canada U18 Hlinka Memorial 5 1 1 2 2 |          
 2011-2012 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 63 21 39 60 67 | Playoffs 11 3 7 10 14 
 2012-2013 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 50 10 31 41 44 | Playoffs 15 7 9 16 22 
  Canada U20 WJC-20 6 1 2 3 2 |          
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 4 13 17 22 | Playoffs 8 0 0 0
 2014-2015 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL - - - - - |          

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