Martin Ouellette
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Martin Ouellette

Hometown:

Saint-Jerome Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-12-30

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2009

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

7th round (184th overall), 2010

Weight:

165 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Martin Ouellette skated in sixteen games for Kimball Union Academy as a junior and had a 2.93 GAA with an .894 save percentage.

2009-10: As a senior at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, Ouellette played 27 games with a 1.61 goals against average and .925 save percentage.

2010-11: Ouellette appeared in nine games as one of three goalies for Maine as a freshman. Fellow freshman Dan Sullivan saw the bulk of the action and in eight starts Ouellette was 3-3-2 with 1 shutout and finished the season with a 3.18 GAA and .862 save percentage. Maine finished fifth in Hockey East and was eliminated by Merrimack in back-to-back games in the conference quarterfinals.

2011-12: Ouellette is still stuck behind Dan Sullivan in Maine’s depth chart and didn’t see an increase in playing time. His goals against average rose to 3.42 as well as his minutes (dropped by 175 minutes). Maine lost to Boston College in the Hockey East Tournament semi final game and lost to defending champs, Minnesota Duluth, their final game of the tournament.

2012-13: Ouellette emerged as the starter for Maine in his junior season after early season struggles by fellow junior Dan Sullivan. Highlighted by back-to-back wins over defending national champion Boston College in January, when he stopped 68 of 70 shots, Ouellette provided solid goaltending as the Black Bears finished eighth in Hockey East – securing the last playoff spot. He appeared in 30 games and was 9-12-8 with 2 shutouts. He had a 2.42 goals against and .917 save percentage.

2013-14: Ouellette appeared in a career-high 34 games for Maine in his senior season. He was 15-15-4 with four shutouts and had a 2.29 goals against and .925 save percentage. Maine finished sixth in Hockey East. After defeating Merrimack in a preliminary game the Black Bears were swept by Providence in a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series and did not receive an NCAA Tournament at-large bid. Ouellette was not tendered a qualifying offer by Columbus by August 15th and was invited to the Philadelphia Flyers training camp as an unsigned free agent. 

Talent Analysis

Ouellette played some of his best hockey in the final two years of his college career but with a crowded goaltending picture in Columbus he did not receive a contract offer from the Blue Jackets; beginning his pro career in the Flyers' minor league system. He has tremendous poise and is constantly improving. cutting down angles, and relying on his positioning to make saves. Forced to stand on his head at times while at the University of Maine, his competitiveness cannot be questioned but whether he is skilled enough to stop elite scorers at the pro level on a consistent basis remains to be seen.

Future

Ouellette attended training camp with Philadelphia after not receiving a contract from the Blue Jackets but was released and subsequently signed a two-way AHL contract for 2014-15 with Flyers' affiliate Lehigh Valley. With European veteran Rob Zepp and former second-round pick Anthony Stolarz handling the bulk of the goaltending for the Phantoms, Ouellette was assigned to the ECHL's Reading Royals after seeing just two periods of action with Lehigh Valley. As with any late round pick coming out of college hockey the odds are stacked against him one day reaching the NHL but his tenacity and skill set give him a shot. His long-term potential may be limited, but Ouellette could develop into a good stay-at-home goalie,

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