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Canadiens recall Xavier Ouellet from Laval

The 26-year-old leads all Rocket defensemen in points this season

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens announced on Thursday that they've recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the AHL's Laval Rocket.

In 39 games in the AHL this season, the 26-year-old leads all Rocket defensemen in goals (9) and points (24). He's also second on Laval with five power play goals, with only Charles Hudon ahead of him.

This is Ouellet's first call-up of the season to Montreal. He played 19 games for the Habs in 2018-19, recording three assists.

In 160 career NHL contests with the Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings, Ouellet has five goals and 21 assists for 26 points.

Signed by the Canadiens as a free agent in July 2018, Ouellet was Detroit's second-round pick (48th overall) in 2011.

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