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Red Wings re-assign Ouellet, Sproul

Detroit opens first round of Stanley Cup playoffs Friday in Boston

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 2:15 PM ET / Press Release
By Kyle Kujawa  - Detroit Red Wings Public Relations Coordinator
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Red Wings re-assign Ouellet, Sproul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defensemen Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Ouellet, 20, has appeared in four games with the Red Wings this season, registering four shots on goal and averaging 14:34 of ice time after making his NHL debut on Oct. 21 against San Jose. The native of Bayonne, France, has also skated in 68 games with the Griffins this season, recording 16 points (4-12-16), 22 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (48th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Ouellet skated in 223 QMJHL games with the Montreal Juniors and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada prior to turning professional, tallying 160 points (41-119-160) and 177 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 200-lb., blueliner was also named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team and represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championships last season.

Sproul became the ninth player to make his NHL debut with the Red Wings this season when he suited up for Detroit in the regular season finale on Sunday, April 13 in St. Louis. Sproul registered three shots on goal in his debut and logged 18:35 of ice time. The 21-year-old defenseman has tallied 31 points (10-21-31) in 71 games with Grand Rapids this season and was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team last week. He is second among Griffins defensemen in scoring and ranks third among AHL rookie defensemen overall. Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-4, 205-lb., blueliner racked up 153 points (57-96-153) in 172 games with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2010-13. In 2012-13, he won the OHL’s Max Kaminsky Trophy as the league’s most outstanding defenseman and was named the CHL Defenseman of the Year.

The Red Wings open the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a pair of games in Boston on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket) and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (NBC/97.1 The Ticket) before returning to Joe Louis Arena for Game 3 on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket).

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