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Xavier Ouellet (born July 29, 1993) is a Canadian[1] professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for Laval Rocket in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ouellet was drafted 48th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Ouellet was born in Bayonne, France, but grew up in Terrebonne, Quebec.[2]

Xavier Ouellet
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Born (1993-07-29) July 29, 1993 (age 26)
Bayonne, France
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Montreal Canadiens
Laval Rocket (AHL)
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 48th overall, 2011
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2013–present

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Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Ouellet played in the 2006 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Basses-Laurentides Ouest.[3]

JuniorEdit

During the 2009–10 season, in his rookie season, Ouellet played in 43 games for the Montreal Juniors. Ouellet recorded two goals and 14 assists for 16 points. Ouellet recorded three assists in seven playoff games. Ouellet was named to the 2009-10 QMJHL's All-Rookie Team.

During the 2010–11 season, in 67 games for the Juniors, Ouellet recorded eight goals and 35 assists for 43 points. Ouellet recorded eight assists in 10 playoff games. Ouellet played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game.

During the 2011–12 season, Ouellet was named a team captain for Blainville-Boisbriand, after the team re-located from Montreal. Ouellet was the re-christened Armada's second-leading scorer while playing a combative, physical defensive game. In his third QMJHL season he scored 21 goals with 39 assists in 63 games. Ten of his 21 goals were scored on the power play. The Armada finished first in the West Division and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Ouellet scored three goals and seven assists in 11 playoff games. He was named to the QMJHL's first all-star team.

During the 2012–13 season, Ouellet returned to Blainville-Boisbriand for his fourth QMJHL season. A team captain for the Armada, he scored 10 goals and 31 assists in 50 games. Nine of his 10 goals were scored on the power play. Blainville-Boisbriand finished first in the West Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Ouellet scored seven goals and nine assists in 15 playoff games.[4] Ouellet was rewarded for his outstanding play during the 2012–13 season by being named to the QMJHL's First All-Star Team for the second year in a row.[5]

ProfessionalEdit

On March 25, 2012, the Detroit Red Wings signed Ouellet to a three-year entry level contract.[6]

During the 2013–14 season, in his first professional season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Ouellet recorded four goals and 13 assists in 70 games.[7] On October 21, 2013, Ouellet made his NHL debut for the Red Wings in a game against the San Jose Sharks.[8]

During the 2014–15 season, Ouellet recorded one goal and 15 assists in 52 games with the Griffins, and was named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic. On November 28, 2014, Ouellet scored his first career NHL goal against Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils.[9] In 21 games for the Red Wings, Ouellet recorded two goals and one assist.

On November 16, 2015, the Red Wings signed Ouellet to a one-year contract extension.[10]

On December 19, 2015, Ouellet was recalled by the Red Wings.[11] He was returned to the Griffins on December 23.[12] Ouellet was named to the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic.[13] On February 13, 2016, Ouellet was recalled by the Red Wings.[14] On February 24, Ouellet was assigned to the Griffins.[15] On April 20, Ouellet was recalled by the Red Wings. Prior to being recalled, he recorded four goals and 25 assists in 61 games with the Griffins.[16] He was reassigned to the Griffins on April 21.[17]

During the 2016–17 season, in his first full NHL season, Ouellet recorded three goals and nine assists in 66 games for the Red Wings. On July 3, 2017, the Red Wings signed Ouellet to a two-year contract extension.[18]

In the following 2017–18 season, Ouellet recorded seven assists in 45 games. With his development having stagnated within the Red Wings organization, on June 24, 2018 the Red Wings waived Ouellet for the purpose of a contract buyout on the remaining year of his contract.[19] On July 1, 2018, the Montreal Canadiens signed Ouellet to a one-year, two-way contract.[20] Ouellet spent majority of the 2018-19 season with the Laval Rocket. In 47 games with the Rocket, he scoring seven goals and 21 assists. Ouellet also skated in 19 games with the Canadiens, recording three assists.

On May 27, 2019, the Canadiens re-signed Ouellet to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.[21]

International playEdit

Ouellet played for Team Quebec at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring one goal and one assist in five games.

Ouellet represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. Ouellet was one of the top defencemen for Canada at the WJC, scoring a power play goal and two assists in six games. Canada was fourth in the tournament, losing to Russia in overtime in the bronze medal game.

Personal lifeEdit

Ouellet is the son of Robert Ouellet. He married Elizabeth Kranz on January 27, 2018.[22] They had their first child in July 2017.[23]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Montreal Junior Hockey Club QMJHL 43 2 14 16 22 7 0 3 3 12
2010–11 Montreal Junior Hockey Club QMJHL 67 8 35 43 44 10 0 8 8 6
2011–12 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 63 21 39 60 67 11 3 7 10 14
2012–13 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 50 10 31 41 44 15 7 9 16 22
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 4 13 17 22 8 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 52 1 15 16 24 16 1 5 6 8
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 2 1 3 2
2015–16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 61 4 25 29 66 9 2 2 4 6
2015–16 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 1 1 2
2016–17 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 3 9 12 51
2017–18 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 0 7 7 6
2018–19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 0 3 3 13
2018–19 Laval Rocket AHL 47 7 21 28 20
NHL totals 160 5 21 26 76 1 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 1 2 3 2
Junior totals 6 1 2 3 2

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
QMJHL
All-Rookie Team 2010
First All-Star Team 2012, 2013 [5]
AHL
All-Star Game 2015, 2016

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "French-born Ouellet making good impression with Wings". FOX Sports. January 6, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Krupa, Gregg (October 17, 2016). "Ouellet shines but Wings endure growing pains on 'D'". Detroit News. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Xavier Ouellet
  5. ^ a b "Jonathan Drouin wins big at Quebec Major Junior Hockey League awards". The Globe and Mail. April 3, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  6. ^ Bowness, Rick (March 25, 2012). "Sproul, Ouellet sign entry-level contracts". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "Red Wings Firsts: Xavier Ouellet". Detroit Red Wings. July 23, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  8. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (October 21, 2013). "Helm, Ouellet recalled; Glendening assigned". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  9. ^ "Ouellet fires first NHL goal past Schneider". Yahoo! Sports. November 28, 2014. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  10. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (November 16, 2015). "Wings sign Ouellet to one-year extension". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  11. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (December 19, 2015). "Red Wings Recall Nosek and Ouellet From Griffins". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (December 23, 2015). "Ouellet returned to Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  13. ^ "Ouellet Named 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic Participant". Grand Rapids Griffins. January 7, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  14. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (February 13, 2016). "Red Wings recall Ouellet". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (February 24, 2016). "Red Wings assign Ouellet to Griffins". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  16. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (April 20, 2016). "Wings recall Ouellet from Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  17. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (April 21, 2016). "Red Wings re-assign Ouellet to Griffins". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  18. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (July 3, 2017). "Red Wings and Ouellet agree to terms on two-year deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  19. ^ St. James, Helene (June 24, 2018). "Detroit Red Wings parting with Xavier Ouellet, little-used defenseman". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  20. ^ Braverman, Dave (July 1, 2018). "Canadiens agree to terms with Xavier Ouellet". NHL.com. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "One-year, two-way contract for defenseman Xavier Ouellet". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved May 27, 2019.
  22. ^ "Elizabeth and Xavier". ouelletsgetmarried.wedding. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  23. ^ Wakiji, Dana (February 28, 2018). "Notes: Wings offer new dad DeKeyser some advice". NHL.com. Retrieved June 13, 2018. Xavier Ouellet can relate as his wife, Liz, had their baby girl, Thea, last July.

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