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Ouellet returns to Grand Rapids

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ouellet, 21, is expected to rejoin the Griffins in Chicago for their game against the Wolves tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT. He has skated in 21 games with the Red Wings this season, recording three points (2-1-3) and a plus-four rating. The Bayonne, France, native has also appeared in 32 games with the Griffins, notching 11 points (1-10-11) and a plus-10 rating and was named to the AHL’s Western Conference All-Star Team. In 102 career AHL games, Ouellet has registered 28 points (5-23-28), a plus-13 rating and 42 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Ouellet skated in 223 games with the QMJHL’s Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada from 2009-13, recording 160 points (41-119-160) and capturing a spot on the QMJHL First All-Star Team in back-to-back seasons (2012 and 2013). He also represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, picking up three points (1-2-3) in six games.

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