Xavier Ouellet
Xavier Ouellet
26-Year-Old DefensemanD
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Xavier Ouellet in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens in May of 2019.
Hasn't found twine since 2016-17
DMontreal Canadiens
May 15, 2020
Ouellet recorded just two points (both assists) in 12 NHL contests prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
ANALYSIS
The blueliner hasn't scored a goal at the NHL level since he found twine thrice in 2016-17 with Detroit. Ouellet has been far more proficient at the AHL level, putting up nine goals and 24 points in 39 games this year with the Laval Rocket. That type of production would translate to fantasy utility in the NHL, but until that happens, the France native carries no value for virtual squads.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:54
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:00
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:57
 
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13:51
0:02
1:15
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17:01
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1:20
2019–20
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0:57
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Ouellet will get a fresh start in Montreal after Detroit's second-round (48th overall) draft pick was phased out of Motown. Despite being met with sky-high expectations after producing 160 points (41 goals, 119 assists) at juniors with QMJHL Montreal and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (2009-13), the Frenchman failed to garner a substantial role despite the Red Wings having been in dire need of playmakers on the blue line for at least the past three years. Ouellet will have a chance to improve upon his scant 0.16 points-per-game pace in Montreal after signing a one-year deal in July, but be forewarned that Habs GM Marc Bergevin isn't the most patient person when it comes to letting young defensemen develop.
Ouellet garnered a two-year contract extension from the Red Wings in an offseason that tested GM Ken Holland's cap-crunching ability, which shows just how much the defenseman is valued. The Frenchman plays a composed and patient game, and his output of 25 assists in 61 appearances with AHL Grand Rapids from the 2015-16 campaign cast a spotlight on his passing skills. Still, Ouellet’s primary role for Detroit is killing penalties -- he averaged 1:55 of ice time in shorthanded situations with the parent club last year -- so the 24-year-old’s skill set may not translate into a tangible amount of fantasy value in the foreseeable future.
Since he ran out of options and is no longer exempt from waivers, this could be the season that the Red Wings rip the training wheels off Ouellet, a second-round (48th overall) draft pick from 2011. In both the juniors and minor leagues, the Frenchman proved to be a sound distributor from the blue line. He tallied four goals and 25 helpers with AHL Grand Rapids last season, a fine complement to his plus-18 rating. The offseason departure of Kyle Quincey has opened a roster spot for Ouellet, so now it will be up to him to seize the opportunity. It doesn’t hurt that he has been involved in postseason play in all eight seasons below the NHL level. Keep tabs on Ouellet as a late-round sleeper in fantasy drafts. With Doug Houda taking stepping in to overhaul Detroit’s blue line, Ouellet should get every opportunity to showcase his talents and wind up with meaningful playing time in 2016-17.
Ouellet failed to score in five games with the Red Wings, but recorded 17 in 70 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013-14. He's one of the better defensive prospects Detroit has, and he will be one of the first blue line call-ups when injuries arrive. Keep your eye on him from the waiver wire.
Ouellet has shown promise in the QMJHL the last four years and should find his way to the AHL in the near future.
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Taken off IR
DMontreal Canadiens
February 29, 2020
Ouellet (concussion) was activated from IR and is expected to play Saturday against the Hurricanes, per the NHL media site.
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Cleared for contact
DMontreal Canadiens
Concussion
February 29, 2020
Ouellet (concussion) has been cleared for contact, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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Surfaces on IR
DMontreal Canadiens
Concussion
February 26, 2020
Ouellet (concussion) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
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Dealt bad injury news
DMontreal Canadiens
Concussion
February 20, 2020
Ouellet suffered a concussion during Thursday's overtime win over the Capitals, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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Done for night
DMontreal Canadiens
Upper Body
February 20, 2020
Ouellet suffered an upper-body injury and won't return to Thursday's game against the Capitals, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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