Ouellet agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Montreal on Monday.
Ouellet logged just 19 games with the Habs this season, in which he tallied three helpers, 32 shots and 13 PIM while averaging a mere 17:01 of ice time. The blueliner was significantly more productive with AHL Laval, where he notched seven goals and 21 assists in 47 contests. The 25-year-old will likely have a hard time breaking into the lineup over Noah Juulsen, Brett Kulak or Victor Mete and figures to spend the bulk of the year in the minors.
Ouellet cleared waivers and will report to AHL Laval, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Ouelett was cleared off the roster for the expected return of Noah Juulsen, who has missed eight games with a facial fracture. The Rocket will now roster three defensemen that began the season in the NHL -- Ouellet, Karl Alzner and Victor Mete.
Ouellet was placed on waivers by the Habs on Friday.
The decision to try to get Ouellet to the minors is a good indication that Noah Juulsen (face) is nearing a return to the lineup and could be activated off injured reserve ahead of Sunday's clash with Chicago. If the 25-year-old Ouellet clears, which is no guarantee considering his modest $700,000 cap hit, he will be sent down to AHL Laval and could find himself in the minors for a while before getting another shot with Montreal.
Ouellet started in place of the injured Noah Juulsen (face) on Wednesday. He finished with four shots, two hits, a blocked shot and was minus-2 over 18:29 of ice time in a 5-2 loss to the Devils.
Juulsen is out indefinitely, so Ouellet should get ice time at least until Shea Weber (knee) is set to return. However, none of Montreal's blueliners walked away from Wednesday's game with their head held high. "Well, our back end had a tough night ... there's no doubt about that," coach Claude Julien told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette following the game. The defense coughed up pucks in its own zone and allowed the Devils unfettered access to goalie Carey Price. Weber's return will help, but there may be more changes coming, which might give Ouellet a regular gig.
Ouellet was held out of the active lineup against Vegas on Saturday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Ouelett was a healthy scratch for the first time this season, clearing the way for David Schlemko to make his season debut. He had performed respectably over the first 16 games, but was holding the spot for the more seasoned Schlemko, who spent the first part of the season rehabbing a knee injury suffered during training camp. Ouelett has three assists, 26 blocked shots, 29 hits and was minus-1 over 17: 22 of ice time per game.
Ouellet had three blocked shots and one hit over 17:03 of ice time in Wednesday's 3-2 win over St. Louis.
Ouellet surprisingly claimed one of the six starting spots on the blue line while a healthy Karl Alzner has watched five of the first six games from seats. The 25-year-old Ouellet has found a niche role protecting goalie Carey Price, blocking a team-high 11 shots, nearly two per game. That's a much greater pace than the 1.04 he averaged in 141 games played with Detroit over the last five seasons.
Ouellet scored twice on three shots and added a plus-4 rating in Monday's 5-1 preseason win over Toronto.
Ouellet's fighting for a roster spot with Montreal, so this breakout effort couldn't have come at a better time. The 25-year-old blueliner failed to light the lamp in 45 appearances with the Red Wings last season, and he has just five goals in 141 career regular-season NHL appearances.
Ouellet agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens on Sunday. He'll make $700,000 at the NHL level with the rate set at $275,000 if the defenseman ends up in the AHL.
Ouellet has a guaranteed salary of $350,000 for the upcoming season. Selected by the Red Wings in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Frenchman simply didn't leave a positive impression on the big bosses in Motown, but he'll be given a fresh start with a Canadiens club that ranked 25th in goals allowed (3.11 per game) last year.
Ouellet was placed on unconditional waivers Sunday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
After totaling just seven assists in 45 games with Detroit last season, the team is ready to part ways with the 24-year-old defenseman. Assuming he clears waivers, Detroit will buy out the final year of his contract and Ouellet will hit free agency.
Ouellet failed to score but put up seven assists through 45 games this season.
Ouellet misfired 57 times and was underutilized in Detroit after he was expected to take on a bigger role following the offseason departure of Alexey Marchenko, who took his talents to CSKA Moscow in August. While Ouellet isn't at all poised to be a viable fantasy commodity, the Wings could get more out of the Frenchman next season since it'll be a contract year.
Ouellet could be traded ahead of Monday's dealing deadline, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Ouellet hasn't lived up to expectations since the Red Wings took him in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The Frenchman, who came close to averaging a point per game with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL between 2011-13, has only garnered 20 points through 132 games on hockey's grandest stage. However, given that he is capable of setting up scores, Ouellet could turn out to be a solid addition for a contender as long as he's not asked to do too much.
Ouellet will be in the lineup for Saturday's home game against the Hurricanes, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Ouellet reportedly will take the place of Nick Jensen in this next game, but there's really nothing to get excited about here. Detroit ranks 25th in the league in scoring, and the team relies much less on its blueliners for offense in comparison to your average NHL squad.
Ouellet was a healthy scratch for Friday's 3-1 victory over Toronto.
After appearing in all of Detroit's first 27 games notching four assists, Ouellet has spent each of the last five contests in the press box as a healthy scratch. The benching is partially surprising as the Frenchman played in nearly every game after December in 2016-17 as well, and was regarded as one of the better defense prospects in Detroit's pipeline before this season started. Head coach Jeff Blashill could simply be upset with certain aspects of Ouellet's game and wants him to take a closer look from above, but the situation is still worth monitoring.
Ouellet recorded an assist through 16:01 of ice time during Friday's 3-1 win over Buffalo.
This was the first point of the campaign for Ouellet, and considering he hasn't played 20 minutes in a game yet this season, his fantasy value is extremely limited. The 23-year-old defenseman should probably have more offensive success moving forward because of his puck-moving acumen, but he's still unlikely to be a reliable assist in many settings.
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.
Ouellet scored Detroit's first goal during Friday's win over Chicago.
The tally snapped a 19-game goalless stretch, and Ouellet had just four assists during that stretch while averaging only 18:28 of ice time per outing. The Red Wings are a basement-dwelling club in the Eastern Conference, and Ouellet is not receiving enough power-play time to provide a worthwhile fantasy floor. It's difficult to rely on him in any virtual setting at this point.
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