Xavier Ouellet

Wings Rejected in Free Agency, Still Optimism for next Season

The Detroit Red Wings were rejected at the start of free agency on July 1, 2014. The team went after four different players that ended up elsewhere for a variety of different reasons.

At the beginning of free agency, general manager Ken Holland understood that he needed to acquire a middle-tier winger along with a top-tier right-handed defender, but the Wings came out empty handed.

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Xavier Ouellet Sent to Grand Rapids

Xavier Ouellet has officially played in the NHL and looks as though he needs to be developed a bit more, before he can wear his wing-wheeled sweater again.

Ouellet, a 6-foot-1 native of Bayonne, France,  weights in at 190 pounds and has the left-handed curve that is naturally brought into the Red Wings farm system. Ouellet has recorded three 40-point seasons, including recording 60 points in 63 games in his 2011-12 junior hockey season.

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