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.
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 refine his game with a fourth QMJHL season before transitioning to the AHL in 2013-14.