DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today removed Brendan Smith from injured reserve and assigned defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Smith, 25, has missed the team’s last five games with a hand infection after a fight on Nov. 18 at Columbus. The Mimico, Ontario, native has skated in 18 games with Detroit this season, recording six points (2-4-6) and a plus-three rating. In 137 career NHL games, the blueliner has tallied 40 points (8-32-40) and 126 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Red Wings full-time, Smith registered 86 points (27-59-86) in 152 games with the Griffins from 2010-13 and 87 points (26-81-87) in 95 games with the University of Wisconsin from 2007-10.
Ouellet, 21, has appeared in five games for Detroit this season and tallied his first NHL point (Nov. 22 at Toronto) and scored his first NHL goal (Nov. 28 at New Jersey) while with the team. He has appeared in nine career regular-season contests and one playoff game. The Bayonne, France, native has skated in 83 games for Grand Rapids over the past two seasons, showing 22 points (5-17-22) and 26 penalty minutes. He also skated in 223 QMJHL games with the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada from 2009-13, recording 160 points (41-119-160) and 177 penalty minutes.