DETROIT-- The Red Wings have recalled Xavier Ouellet from the AHL as of today. In order for there to be room, someone needs to be moved to IR, or traded. Updates coming.
The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.
Ouellet, 21, has skated in 21 games with the Red Wings this season, recording three points (2-1-3) and a plus-four rating. He has also appeared in 32 games with the Griffins, notching 11 points (1-10-11) and a plus-10 rating. Since rejoining Grand Rapids on Feb. 9, the team has ridden an 11-game point streak (9-0-2-0) to claim the top spot in the Midwest Division for the first time this season. The Bayonne, France, native was also 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.
Xavier Ouellet is insurance if Brendan Smith can't play today at Nashville. Smith (hand) was sore last night.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) February 28, 2015
Ouellet is up in case Smith (sore arm) can't play. Quincey isn't available today because he's had only 45 minutes of practice time in 9 days— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) February 28, 2015
The Red Wings' website now lists Henrik Zetterberg on injured reserve.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) February 28, 2015
Zetterberg's IR can be backdated to the 22nd. He'll be eligible to come off as early as tomorrow. Team needed space to call up Ouellet.— Winging It In Motown (@wingingitmotown) February 28, 2015
- The Red Wings sent Ouellet back to Grand Rapid before the start of the game after deciding Brendan Smith was good to go.