Ouellet shutting down the AHL; Corrinet released

By Seth Keggins

0-UELLET Shutting out the AHL; Named To All-Star Team.

The future of the Washington Capitals looks bright, as the former Philadelphia first-round draft pick in1999 continues to “drop jaws” in the ranks of the AHL. The starting goaltender for the Portland Pirates, Maxime Ouellet, is leading the charge amongst the rest of the league in goals against average, save percentage, and shutouts. As of 1/30, Maxime maintained a goals against average of 2.08 (2nd), a save percentage of .939 (1st), and seven (1st)–count them, seven shutouts (with the next closest goalie with four). Those seven shutouts are more than the cumulative amounts of every single team, with exception to Hamilton, which has eight total. What is even more amazing is that he has posted six shutouts since Christmas. Maxime started off slow this season, beginning with a mediocre training camp in Washington, D.C., where at times he was outplayed by both newly drafted goaltenders Rob Gherson and Maxime Daigneault. And, while OHL Sarnia goaltender Rob Gherson has had a great season in his own, Maxime Ouellet has come on mighty strong himself. Leading up to the announcement of the AHL all-star squads, Ouellet ran a string of three consecutive shutouts. During that time Ouellet went scoreless for 193:42 minutes, ending less than three periods shy of Johnny Bower’s AHL-record run of 249:51, accomplished in 1957. But to no avail, Ouellet was left off of the roster–until Jeff Hackett was traded out of Montreal. This led to the call-up of Hamilton goalie Mathieu Garon to Montreal and allowed the AHL to name a replacement goaltender. Max will not only get a chance to play in front of his hometown crowd in Portland, but also join teammates Trent Whitfield, Peter Ferraro, and Chris Ferraro for the festivities.


Maxime Ouellet (G)
Goalie
Born Jun 17 1981  -- Beauport, PQ
Height 6.02 -- Weight 195 -- Shoots L


Selected by Philadelphia Flyers round 1 #22 overall 1999 NHL Entry Draft

Season   Team                        Lge    GP   Min   GA  EN SO   GAA   W   L   T   Svs    Pct
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1997-98  Quebec Remparts             QMJHL  24  1188   66   0  0   3.33  12   7   1   552  0.893
1998-99  Quebec Remparts             QMJHL  58  3452  155   2  3   2.69  40  12   6  1545  0.909
1999-00  Quebec Remparts             QMJHL  53  2984  133   0  2   2.67  31  16   4  1581  0.916
2000-01  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies       QMJHL  25  1471   65   0  3   2.65  18   6   1   744  0.913
2000-01  Philadelphia Phantoms       AHL     2    86    4   0  0   2.78   1   0   0    50  0.926
2000-01  Philadelphia Flyers         NHL     2    76    3   1  0   2.37   0   1   0    27  0.889
2001-02  Philadelphia Phantoms       AHL    41  2294  104   2  1   2.72  16  13   8  1062  0.911
2001-02  Portland Pirates            AHL     6   358   17   0  0   2.85   3   3   0   205  0.923

Chris Corrinet picked up by the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Portland forward and Caps prospect Chris Corrinet was released on Wednesday after a failed attempt to trade him; he was later picked up by the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms and signed to a PTO. Chris had scored 15 goals and chipped in with 18 assists last season, coming back from an ankle injury. However, after being one of the last cuts in Washington’s training camp last fall, Chris has struggled with finding the net. With only 3 assists, his ankle had been re-aggravated earlier in the season. However, with a lot of depth added to Portland in the off-season, Chris found it hard to make it back into the line-up on a consistent basis. We wish him all well with the Phantoms, and here’s to “not” having him haunt the Capitals in an orange and black Flyers uniform sometime during the next 1-2 years. Note: The Flyers have also signed former Caps prospect Mike Siklenka to a one-year deal.


Chris Corrinet
Right Wing
Born Oct 29 1978  -- Greenfield, MA
Height 6.03 -- Weight 220 -- Shoots R


Selected by Washington Capitals round 4 #107 overall 1998 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1997-98  Princeton University        NCAA   31    3    6    9   22
1998-99  Princeton University        NCAA   32   10    6   16   38
1999-00  Princeton University        NCAA   30   10   14   24   41
2000-01  Princeton University        NCAA   31   13   12   25   30
2000-01  Portland Pirates            AHL     6    0    1    1    4   2   1   0   1   0
2001-02  Portland Pirates            AHL    51   15   18   33   64  --  --  --  --  --
2001-02  Washington Capitals         NHL     8    0    1    1    6  --  --  --  --  --
2002-03  Portland Pirates            AHL    33    0    3    3   23
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         NHL Totals                          8    0    1    1    6