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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

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, 166 SOG, plus-14).
  • Finished 15th in QMJHL defense scoring despite missing 18 games.
  • Represented Canada at 2013 IIHF world junior championship (6-1-2-3, 18 SOG, even plus-minus).
  • 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.

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).

STRENGTHS
A solid two-way blueliner … Combination of vision and hockey sense helps him lead the breakout effectively … Makes a great 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, battling for position in front and chasing loose pucks … Excellent work ethic … Mobile with good first-step quickness … 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 could give him trouble at higher levels … Still needs to add strength … Can be exposed defensively when he tries to do too much with the puck.

PROJECTION
Ouellet has been the best and most complete defenseman in the QMJHL for two seasons and made a good impression with a strong performance for Canada at the 2013 IIHF world junior championship. A potential two-way NHL defenseman who can run a power play, Ouellet is ready for his next challenge and will suit up for Grand Rapids as an AHL rookie in 2013-14.

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 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 68 4 11 15 22 |          

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