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Xavier Ouellet | Defenseman | #61

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/29/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (48) / DET
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Xavier Ouellet picked up his fifth point of the year during Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto in the Centennial Classic.
Now through the first 52 games of his NHL career, the youngster has nine points. Which unfortunately indicates that he's probably best left to your waiver wire. Jan 1 - 8:38 PM

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Coach Jeff Blashill has been impressed with the play of Xavier Ouellet.

He was a healthy scratch for 10 games from Nov. 6 to Nov. 26, but he has played in the last 11 contests. "He's been excellent, been playing real well," Blashill said. "He's had to face tough opponents and he's been excellent. He's strong on his skates, smart defensively and he can make a play with the puck breaking out, or in the neutral zone with the puck." Ouellet had a goal and an assist against Anaheim on Saturday to give him four points in 17 appearances this year.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 09:41:00 AM

Xavier Ouellet has played in the last two games for the Red Wings.

He is getting a chance to play again due to injuries to Brendan Smith and Alexey Marchenko. Ouellet has been limited to just eight appearances this season, as he has spent more time in the press box than on the ice. The 23-year-old defender wants to do everything he can to remain in the lineup. He dropped the gloves with Antoine Roussel on Tuesday versus Dallas and he logged 17:31 of ice time.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Xavier Ouellet will tag in for the injured Nicklas Kronwall in Saturday's match with Montreal.

This will be the youngster's first game since Nov. 2nd, which indicates his current role with the team. Ouellet has five points in 36 career NHL games.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet will be a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Buffalo Sabres

Ouellet has earned one assist in six games, and sitting out his ninth straight. Drew Miller will join him in the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 07:31:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet will be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the Capitals.

Through six games Ouellet has a point and not much else to his credit. To wit, he's averaging just 14:44 of ice time per game. Which suggests that he isn't trusted yet.
Source: NHL.com
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 06:46:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Bolts.

This will be his fifth straight game as a healthy scratch. The 23-year-old has one assist in six games this season. The Red Wings will also rest veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall tonight.
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet is a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

He's been scratched in seven of the last nine games and that won't change tonight. Drew Miller and Ryan Sproul are also in the press box tonight.
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 07:24:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul will be scratched from Sunday's match with Edmonton.

Through 11 combined games this season the pair of young defenders have just three points between them and not much else. Until that changes, we'd leave them on the wire.
Source: Dave Hogg
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 03:59:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul will be scratched from Friday's match with Winnipeg.

Unfortunate neither youngster have made much of an impact on the stat sheet. Ouellet has a point in six games, whereas Sproul has two points in five games. We'd leave them on the wire, for now anyway.
Source: Dave Hogg
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 06:47:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet tags in for Ryan Sproul against Florida on Sunday.

Ouellet has posted just five games in 34 career NHL games, including one point in four games this season. Unfortunately that doesn't earn a spot on a fantasy roster, even on a Sunday.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 02:55:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet will be scratched against Boston on Saturday.

Ouellet has posted just five games in 34 career NHL games. He's produced much better in the AHL, but has not yet proven to be productive at the highest level.
Source: Dave Hogg
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

This will be the third straight game that Ouellet watches from the press box. He has one assist and a plus-2 rating in four games.
Source: NHL.com
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 07:24:00 PM

Xavier Ouellet has been playing well even though some of his fellow Detroit defenders have been struggling early into the year.

"I think I am playing well," said Ouellet. "I think I'm doing what I've got to do. I want to make sure that I gain the coach's confidence. I want to play smart. I want to play hard. I want to be good defensively and go from there." He wants to secure a spot on the roster before Niklas Kronwall is ready to return from a knee injury or else he could be exposed to waivers. Ouellet picked up his first point of the year with an assist on Monday versus Ottawa.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 10:14:00 AM

Xavier Ouellet, who is playing very well in pre-season so far, is one of three Detroit Red Wing defensemen who are not waiver exempt.

Ouellet along with Ryan Sproul and Nick Jensen can't be sent to the AHL without being exposed to waivers. Although NHL coaches will tell you roster spots are determined on merit only, teams don't like to expose young talent to waivers when there is a possibility another team will make a claim. This bodes well for at leat two of Ouellet, Sproul and Jensen in their battle for a roster spot with Robbie Russo.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 10:07:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Dylan Larkin
2Frans Nielsen
3Darren Helm
4Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Anthony Mantha
4Steve Ott
5Drew Miller
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Thomas Vanek
4Riley Sheahan
5Andreas Athanasiou
6Tomas Jurco
7Joe Vitale
8Johan Franzen
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Brendan Smith
5Jonathan Ericsson
6Xavier Ouellet
7Alexey Marchenko
8Ryan Sproul
G1Petr Mrazek
2Jimmy Howard
3Jared Coreau