Ouellet has generated five hits and six blocked shots through five games of this 2017-18 campaign. The bottom-pairing defenseman has played in every game so far, albeit averaging a mere 16:44 of ice time. Head coach Jeff Blashill doesn't need the Frenchman to do much with the puck, but it's for that very reason that Ouellet isn't an intriguing fantasy option. In fact, the 24-year-old is still searching for his first point this season.
Ouellet is shaping up to be a spare NHL defenseman this season, MLive.com reports. Having signed a one-way, two-year contract extension in July, we figure the "X-Man" will be on the Opening Night roster. However, the Red Wings acquired savvy defenseman Trevor Daley to push Ouellet down a peg on the depth chart. He drew into a career-high 66 games last season -- adding three goals and nine assists -- but seeing that much action largely came out of necessity as the Wings were perpetually injured on the back line. Unless his role expands dramatically, Ouellet won't be much of a contributing factor in the fantasy realm.
Ouellet agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Red Wings, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. The contract is expected to average $1.25 million per season. Ouellet has spent his entire four-year career with the Red Wings and is coming off his best season as a professional. During the 2016-17 campaign, Ouellet played in a career-high 66 games, finishing with 12 points (three goals), 73 hits and 87 blocked shots. The 23-year-old defenseman is still young and has time to develop and add to his game, so the Red Wings will bring him back for two mores years with the hope he improves on this past season.
Ouellet, a pending restricted free agent, received a qualifying offer from the Red Wings on Monday, MLive.com reports. The 23-year-old from the back line defied the odds and wasn't lost to Vegas in the expansion draft -- the Red Wings surrendered forward prospect Tomas Nosek instead. Giving the Frenchman a qualifying offer means Detroit will have exclusive negotiation rights with Ouellet, who has recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 96 NHL games.
Ouellet is eligible to be picked by Vegas at the expansion draft, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca reports. The 23-year-old blueliner finished his first full-time NHL season with three goals and nine assists, while racking up 51 PIM. Detroit has a young defensive core anyway, and it seems like Ouellet is just the odd man out. Still, Vegas is more likely to be attracted to one of the high-caliber goaltending options the Red Wings will have available.
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