2008-09: Xavier Ouellet was chosen in the first round, 14th overall, of the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Juniors.
2009-10: In his QMJHL rookie season, Ouellet played in 43 games for the Montreal Juniors. He scored 2 goals and added 14 assists for 16 points. Ouellet registered 3 assists in 7 playoff games. Ouellet was named to the 2009-10 QMJHL’s All-Rookie Team. Ouellet also played for Team Quebec at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 1 goal and adding 1 assist for 2 points in 5 games.
2010-11: In 67 games for the Juniors, Ouellet scored 8 goals and added 35 assists for 43 points. Ouellet registered 8 assists in 10 playoff games. Ouellet played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game.
2011-12: Ouellett signed a three-year entry level contract with Detroit following a breakout season with Blainville-Boisbriand. Named a team captain after the team re-located from Montreal, Ouellet was the re-christened Armada’s second-leading scorer while playing a combative, physical defensive game. In his third QMJHL season he scored 21 goals with 39 assists (both career highs) and was plus-16 with 67 penalty minutes in 63 games. Ten of his 21 goals were scored on the power play. The Armada finished first in the West Division and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Ouellet was plus-3 and scored 3 goals with 7 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He was named to the QMJHL’s first all-star team.
2012-13: Ouellet returned to Blainville-Boisbriand for his fourth QMJHL season and skated for Canada in the 2013 World Junior Championship. A team captain for the Armada, he scored 10 goals with 31 assists in 50 games and was +14 with 44 penalty minutes. Nine of his 10 goals were scored on the power play. Blainville-Boisbriand finished first in the West Division and reached the Western Conference finals. Ouellet scored 7 goals with 9 assists and was +7 with 22 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He was one of the top defensemen for Canada at the WJC, scoring a power play goal with 2 assists and finishing with an even plus/minus and 2 penalty minutes in six games. Canada was fourth in the tournament, losing to Russia in overtime in the bronze medal game.
An offensively talented blue liner, it might be easy to assume that Ouellet isn't as attentive in his own zone, but that certainly isn't the case. Poised at both ends of the ice and with the ability to quarterback a power play, he plays a mature game and was trusted with a big role on a veteran team. Just scratching the surface of his potential, he'll only get better as he gets stronger and improves his skating.
Ouellet will spend his second season in the AHL in 2014-15 but like fellow Griffin Ryan Sproul it is simply a matter of time (and likely not much) before he is patrolling the blue line for the Red Wings.