Red Wings Sign Xavier Ouellet to One-Year Contract Extension

The defenseman who was to be an RFA at season's end has pushed his RFA status one year down the line

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the team has signed defenseman Xavier Ouellet to a one-year contract extension.

Ouellet, 22, is in his third professional season and has appeared in 11 games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins, recording three points (1-2-3) and six penalty minutes. In 132 games with the club since 2013-14, the 6-foot-1, 201-lb., blueliner has skated in 132 games for Grand Rapids, totaling 36 points (6-30-36) and 52 penalty minutes, adding six points (1-5-6) and 12 penalty minutes in 24 postseason games. Last season, Ouellet was named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic and tallied 16 points (1-15-16) in 52 games for the Griffins. He also added three points (2-1-3) in 21 games with the Red Wings, scoring his first NHL goal on Nov. 28, 2014 at New Jersey. Ouellet has skated in 25 career NHL games for Detroit and appeared in one playoff game during Detroit’s 2014 first-round series against the Boston Bruins.

A native of Bayonne, France, Ouellet represents Canada internationally and notched three points (1-2-3) in six games at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Prior to his professional career, he skated in 223 major junior games with the QMJHL’s Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada from 2009-13 and was a QMJHL First-Team All-Star in 2012 and 2013. He recorded 160 points (41-119-160), 177 penalty minutes and a plus-61 rating over his four seasons with the franchise, serving as captain in his final two seasons with the team. Ouellet was originally a second-round pick (48th overall) of the Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Xavier Ouellet, Defenseman
Born Jul 29 1993 -- Bayonne, France
Height 6.01 -- Weight 200 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 2 #48 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft

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Oullet will be waiver-eligible next season, meaning he would have to pass through waivers before he could be reassigned to the AHL again. The one-year extension also means Ouellet will earn arbitration rights prior to his extension expiring in the summer of 2017.