Xavier Ouellet

Montreal Canadiens
Photo courtesy of TheAHL.com

Fantasy Summary

A fringe NHL bottom-pairing defenceman with limited offensive upside.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 29, 1993
Height 6‘0”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2011 Round 2; Overall: 48

Observations

June 2019 – Ouellet made the Canadiens out of camp last fall. However, after registering just three assists in 19 games he was placed on waivers. The defenseman concluded the year in the AHL respectably with seven goals and 28 points in 47 games. His stint with the Laval Rocket was a positive one as he earned his place on the top pairing to end the campaign. His strong performance with the Canadiens’ affiliate earned him a new contract. Ouellet was signed to a one-year, two-way contract extension in May. Jesse Sherman

 

July 2018 – The Montreal Canadiens have signed Ouellet to a one-year, two-way contract.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

June 2018 – The Red Wings have bought out the final year of Ouellet’s contract that had a cap hit of $1,250,000. Ouellet becomes an unrestricted free agent.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

May 2018 – Ouellet struggled to get into the lineup on a regular basis last year as the Wings seventh defenseman. He appeared in just 45 games and managed seven assists. Ouellet is going into the final year of his current contract which may result in some improved numbers if he can find a way to get more ice time. This may prove difficult however, as it was reported that the Wings tried trading him at the deadline last year and were unsuccessful, which could mean he is not in their long term plans. In addition, he will be in tough versus a number of other young Wings defencemen looking to crack the roster. Mark Hillier

 

September 2017 – After a rough first quarter of last season where he often found himself to be a healthy scratch, Ouellet became a regular from November until the end of the season. Injuries to regulars on the Red Wings’ defence definitely helped Ouellet get more playing time with the big club. Last season the young defender tallied three goals, 12 points and 51 penalty minutes in 66 games played with Detroit. Ouellet moves the puck well, can play with an edge and has been improving his overall quickness this summer. Entering this season the young rearguard will likely start as Detroit’s seventh defenceman after the team signed veteran defender Trevor Daley. Ouellet has the potential to move up the depth chart and see more playing time depending on how Niklas Kronwall’s health holds up, how effective Jonathan Ericsson is and how fellow young, inexperienced defender Nick Jensen plays in his sophomore season. It’s unlikely that Ouellet will see top four minutes with the Red Wings this season unless injuries rack up. Jameson Ewasiuk

September 2016 – After three seasons of development in Grand Rapids, Xavier looks to be the front runner to grab a spot on the Red Wings roster out of training camp and add to the 30 games already on his NHL resume. An offensive phenom in junior, Ouellet has rounded out his overall game in the minor leagues to be more detailed and reliable in his own end. He’s no doubt grown into a pivotal player on the Griffin’s blue line, leading the power play and contributing consistently on the scoresheet with 29 points in 61 games for 2015-16. With the questionable status of veteran Nicklas Kronwall, it seems very likely Ouellet uses his more complete set of skills to edge out teammates Ryan Sproul and Nick Jensen and find his way on the Red Wings roster to start the season. Joseph Highgate

December 2015 – Ouellet, a favourite of Mike Babcock during his last couple of years in Detroit has seemed to be passed on the depth chart by Alexey Marchenko under Jeff Blaishill’s watch. Ouellet has yet to lace them up in an NHL game this season while Marchenko has skated in 20 games to date albeit in a more defensive focused role. Through 19 games in Grand Rapids the Bayonne, France born defender has 1G-8A-9PTS and has been an integrel piece in helping turn the Grand Rapids Season around after a sputtering start. The Wings must still like what they see from their former 2011 draftee as they signed him to a one-year contract extension to keep him under control for another season. It’s now up to Ouellet to push himself and work on all the little things to move up the chains on the depth chart and get him back wearing the Winged Wheel. Travis Watson

November 2014 – Xavier Ouellet was recalled after Brendan Smith hit the IR due to an infection in his hand stemming from a fight with Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno. Ouellet hasn’t looked out of place in his first four games of the 2015 season even hooking up with Tomas Tatar on a beautiful backdoor feed against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The yougn rearguard has played on average 16 minutes per game notching one assist and a plus 3 rating. Still not worth an add in fantasy but Ouellet is looking like a very impressive two-way defenseman and it shouldn’t be long before he makes a permanent stay on the Red Wings blueline. Travis Watson

October 2014 – Mike Babcock has been quite vocal about his disappointment in the demotion of Xavier Ouellet from the opening roster. Here’s what he had to say when probed further about the exclusion of Ouellet, “I got my two cents in, so I get one vote,” Babcock said. “He (Holland) gets two, so he can win, 2-1.”

He said a similar sentiment when Gustav Nyquist was sent down to begin the year last year and it didn’t take long before he was back up with Detroit producing meaningful minutes and production.It could take a another injury situation like last year to open the door for Ouellet to make a similar impact. Look for him to be recalled when the first opportunity arises. Travis Watson

October 2014 – Detroit’s 2011 second round pick has certainly outplayed Brian Lashoff and you could even make a case for Kyle Quincey and Jakub Kindl thus far throughout training camp. Making for a very difficult decision to come where it may mean losing one of the aformentioned players through waivers. Coach Babcock however all along has stated that he’s going to go with the best player to help the Detroit Red Wings win. Xavier Ouellet would be the best player now and for their future and should be on the opening roster come October 9th when the Wings take on the Bruins. He has modest upside for fantasy and right now is a player to monitor. Travis Watson

July 2014 – Ouellet had a great training camp last season which helped him earn high praise from Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and their General Manager Ken Holland. His impression led to being one of the first defenceman called up to Detroit and ended up seeing action in five NHL games. One of those games being a playoff appearance against the Bruins. Ouellet spent the majority of his rookie season in the AHL with Detroit’s affiliate in Grand Rapids where he skating in 70 regular season and eight playoff games recording 4G-13A-17P, 26 PIM and a plus- 3 rating. Not bad for a professional debut. However, it was evident as the season wore on that he hit the rookie wall and wasn’t having the same impact game-in and game-out that he was in the first couple of months. He still proved that he is a very valuable two-way defender with great skating ability that allows him to play in any situation. He is a very valuable piece in the system and it’s an organization that needs some retooling at the NHL level in the very near future. Look for Ouellet as well as fellow second year stud Ryan Sproul to make a big leap this season. Travis Watson

October 2013 – Xavier Ouellet made his NHL debut on October 21st against the San Jose Sharks and he didn’t look one bit out of place. What impressed me the most was that Babcock was putting Ouellet out in more, and more, pressure situations as the game went on. Considering the Wings were without their top pair of defensemen against one of the league’s highest scoring and hottest teams to start the year, it was impressive that the Red Wings limited them to under 30 shots and no goals. I think it is safe to say that we haven’t seen the last of Ouellet wearing the winged wheel this season. Ouellet showed good physicality in his debut, laying a big hit on Sharks’ Andrew Desjardins in the third period of action. Travis Watson

June 2013 – Ouellet endured a bit of a roller coaster season. After getting off to a strong start and finding himself manning the backline for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship Ouellet seemed to cool off once he returned back to the mainland from UFA, Russia before turning it back on in the playoffs. Xavier posted almost a point a game with 25 Points in 26 games before the World Juniors but then seemed to cool off a bit registering only 17 points in 24 games to end out the regular season. The Blainville-Broisbriand captain picked his game up when it mattered most leading the Armada attack from the backend with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, just over a point-per-game pushing the Armada into the QMJHL Semi-Final where they were ousted by Baie-Comeau. Based on the numbers you would think that Ouellet’s game is all about his offense but he is a steadying presence on the defensive end as well. Travis Watson

February 2013 – Ouellet has maintained  a strong level of play this year with eight goals and 34 points in 38 games for Blainville-Boisbriand. Eric Daoust

December, 2012 – Ouelett was named to the final Team Canada roster. A strong camp has thrust Ouelett into the top six for the tournament in Ufa. Rich Dillon

December 2012 – Ouellet was one of 12 defensemen invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. By no means is Xavier Ouellet a lock to make the Canadian roster but his strong showing during the Subway Super Series and during the Canada-Russia Challenge certainly boosts his case. Brendan Ross

November 2012 – Xavier Ouellet was brilliant for Team QMJHL in the 2012 SUBWAY Super Series earning Player of the Game honours in game 1 scoring one goal and an assist in the loss.  Ouellet looked really comfortable running the powerplay and moving the puck up the ice.  His potential as a top-four defenseman remains strong as he possesses admirable solid two-way qualities. Ouellet added an assist in Game 2 to finish the Super Series with one goal and three points.  Brendan Ross

July 2012 – Ouellet signed a three-year entry level contract with Detroit back in March. Eric Daoust

March, 2012 – One of the most underrated defenseman from the 2011 draft class, Ouellet has excelled in a leadership role with Blainville-Boisbriand this year. He has set new career highs in almost every statistical category and helped his young team surprise some people this year. He has a terrific first pass and rushes the puck with ease. He has a fluid skating stride and is becoming one of the best defenseman in the league. Detroit has a reputation of developing prospects very slowly and will most likely return him to the QMJHL next year.  Derek LeBlanc


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix QMAAA 42 2 9 11 49 | Playoffs 14 1 3 4 24 
 2009-2010 Montréal Juniors QMJHL 43 2 14 16 22 | Playoffs 7 0 3 3 12 
  Canada Québec U17 WHC-17 5 1 1 2 4 |          
 2010-2011 Montréal Juniors QMJHL 67 8 35 43 44 | Playoffs 10 0 8 8
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 1 1 2 2 |          
 2011-2012 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 63 21 39 60 67 | Playoffs 11 3 7 10 14 
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2012-2013 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 50 10 31 41 44 | Playoffs 15 7 9 16 22 
  QMJHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 1 2 3 0 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 6 1 2 3 2 |          
  Canada U20 CAN-RUS Challenge 3 0 1 1 0 |          
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 70 4 13 17 22 | Playoffs 8 0 0 0
 2014-2015 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 2 1 3 2 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 52 1 15 16 24 | Playoffs 16 1 5 6
 2015-2016 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 1 1 2 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 61 4 25 29 66 | Playoffs 9 2 2 4
 2016-2017 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 3 9 12 51 |          
 2017-2018 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 0 7 7 6 |          
 2018-2019 Montréal Canadiens NHL 19 0 3 3 13 |          
  Laval Rocket AHL 47 7 21 28 20 |          
 2019-2020 Laval Rocket AHL - - - - - |          

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