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Red Wings recall Ouellet

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

Xavier Ouellet

DETROIT – The Red Wings today recalled defensemen Xavier Ouellet from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ouellet, 22, has appeared in 38 games for the Griffins this season, picking up 17 points (3-14-17) along with a plus-eight rating, 43 penalty minutes and 90 shots on goal. The third-year-pro has been named to the AHL All-Star Game in each of the past two seasons, missing last year’s event while on recall to Detroit and picking up four points (2-2-4) during this year’s event on Feb. 1 in Syracuse, N.Y. Ouellet has also totaled 25 regular-season games with the Red Wings since 2013-14, logging two goals and one assist. In 160 games with the Griffins over the same span, the 6-foot, 200-lb., blueliner has tallied 50 points (8-42-50), a plus-11 rating and 89 penalty minutes, adding six more points (1-5-6), a plus-one rating and 12 penalty minutes in 24 AHL Calder Cup playoff games.

Originally drafted by the Red Wings in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL draft, Ouellet spent four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League prior to his professional career, recording 160 points (41-119-160), a plus-61 rating and 177 penalty minutes in 223 games played with the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada from 2009-13. He was a 2010 QMJHL All-Rookie Team member and twice cracked the QMJHL First All-Star Team in 2012 and 2013. A native of Bayonne, France, Ouellet represents Canada internationally, most recently at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, picking up three points (1-2-3) in six games for Canada.

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