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Detroit recalls defenseman Xavier Ouellet

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

Xavier Ouellet
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed defenseman Brendan Smith on seven-day injured reserve.

A native of Bayonne, France, Ouellet has appeared in 13 games with the Griffins this season and is tied for first among the team’s defensemen with five points (1-4-5). He has also registered 44 shots on goal, tying for most on Grand Rapids. A second-year pro, Ouellet spent his first professional season in 2013-14 with the Griffins, recording 17 points (4-13-17) and 22 penalty minutes in 70 regular-season games and adding four penalty minutes in eight postseason appearance. He was also one of nine rookies to make their NHL debut for Detroit last season, playing his first NHL game on Oct. 21 versus San Jose. He totaled four NHL regular-season games in 2013-14 and made his postseason debut in Game 5 of Detroit’s first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins.

Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Ouellet spent four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2009-13 before turning pro. In 223 games between the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, the 6-foot-1, 200-lb., blueliner tallied 160 points (41-119-160) and 177 penalty minutes. In his final junior season, Ouellet was named to the 2013 QMJHL First All-Star Team and represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships.

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