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Red Wings Recall Ouellet And Sproul

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

The native of Bayonne, France, also appeared in three games with the Red Wings this season, registering three shots on goal and averaging 13:58 of ice time after making his NHL debut on Oct. 21 versus San Jose. 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 could become the ninth player to make his NHL debut for the Red Wings if he plays in Detroit’s season finale tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues at 12:30 p.m. (NBC/AM 1270). 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 earlier this 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.

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MoreShoot's avatar

Does this make sense?  They won’t play, right?

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/12/14 at 08:27 PM ET

Paul's avatar

If Detroit can’t improve on it’s playoff positioning expect both to play in the regular season finale Sunday afternoon in St. Louis.

- via Chuck Pleiness.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/12/14 at 08:40 PM ET

Chip4Pips's avatar

Makes sense.

Posted by Chip4Pips on 04/12/14 at 08:46 PM ET

BrendonTO's avatar

What a year. The next phase of the team is starting to actually happen, great to see. Who makes it next year? We have so many great players who are legit Top 6’ers:


Not even counting Weiss in there…just hoping he gets shipped off somewhere.

And then these guys on D, with Smitty settling in and DK doing his thing.


Posted by BrendonTO on 04/12/14 at 09:06 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Ok, so who sits, then.

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/12/14 at 09:36 PM ET


I was just thinking that, with Columbus winning, there’s no reason to watch tomorrow afternoon’s game, but if these guys are playing then I’ll have to tune in.

Ok, so who sits, then.

Lashoff and Kindl.  Or one of them and Kronwall, if they want to give him the afternoon off.

Posted by Garth on 04/12/14 at 09:38 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Sit Kronner and Smitty and maybe Q. Is Gustavson still hurt?

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 04/12/14 at 09:53 PM ET


Since Columbus won, I saw sit Kronner, Q and Miller, just so no Wing has played all the games.

Posted by maltby18 on 04/12/14 at 09:53 PM ET



Posted by maltby18 on 04/12/14 at 09:53 PM ET

perfection's avatar

I think they should sit kronner and ddk as they are the most valuable imo. They also should start Mrazek. Why risk it? The Bruins are no joke. We gotta go in as healthy as possible.  Hell, maybe even swap Bert for Gus why their at it. This game means nothing more than getting the reserves some game experience in case they’re needed in the next few weeks. Health is the #1 priority. Hopefully it will be for the Blues too. Glad we’re not playing a non-playoff team trying to “earn jobs”

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/12/14 at 10:01 PM ET


Time to rest a few guys tomorrow and give these kids a look. Sproul may be nervous but Oullette should be ok, as he has already played 3 games.

Kronwall definitely needs a rest and sitting DD may not be a bad idea either. Hopefully it would help refresh Nick.

Posted by NewfieWing on 04/12/14 at 11:02 PM ET

perfection's avatar

So this is not very promising for Almquist. Including the injured Marchenko he appears to be fourth on our depth chart of d prospects despite having a great year. It’ll be interesting to see how much of a shot he’s given next year when he’s out of waivers. Perhaps hes part of a summer trade? I’d think he’d have some value after two solid seasons in a row

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/13/14 at 12:25 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Griffins are *still playing*—their regular season doesn’t end until a week from today—and they’re playing the Charlotte Checkers tonight. Almquist’s been registering nearly an assist a game and the Wings can’t take everybody. They’ve got to give the Griffins a chance to compete, too.

I really don’t know what to make of this move, however, because the Wings have probably used up their 4 discretionary recalls, and as I understood that rule, that 4-non-roster-emergency-recall rule extended from the trade deadline until the Griffins’ elimination from the playoffs.

Are they up to Black Aces? Are they up to play? Are they going back or are they staying? I don’t know, especially given that the Griffins are without Marchenko and will have all of Nedomlel coming up from Toledo on Monday.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/13/14 at 12:41 AM ET

perfection's avatar

so do you think Almquist is not under those other guys on the depth chart?

I mean, he definitely seemed to be behind at least Oullette and Marchenko in terms of regular season call ups. And I think the team would have to believe Sproul has a much bigger eventual upside than Almquist. So will he not suffer the same fate as Jarnkrok with just too many guys? Will there ever be a spot for him? Will his assets translate to the NHL? Can he overcome his lack of size? I guess we find out.

I’m actually starting to hope we resign Quincey at under market value as it’ll probably be the best bang for our buck. He’s been incredibly solid post-olympics, blocking shots, making hits, saving goals, playing really smart, avoiding turnovers for the most part, bulldozing the front of our net, killing penalties. I’ve been impressed by how dependable he’s been. Not only has he stayed healthy, but he’s clearly started to accept the fact he’s not a top offensive d-man and has been playing simple and within his skill set. Has has resembled Brad Stuart a bit to me of late.

As much deserved attention as the kids on the front end are getting, you gotta hand it to our D for stepping up, especially after Ericsson went down. They’ve been all around pretty solid more nights than not and have been playing without a true #1 dman all year. Kronner’s sure done his best impression of one. He’s been great. Ericsson was shaping into a pretty solid #2 guy too. Hope we play long enough to see him again.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 04/13/14 at 01:21 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I think that Quincey’s 50-50 to come back, that Kindl and Lashoff are endangered species, that Almquist will probably start the year with the Wings, and if we believe the Free Press’s Helene St. James, who was dishing Weiss rumors last January, the Wings will probably add Christian Ehrhoff instead of Alex Edler unless something strange happens (like Matt Niskanen not re-signing with Pittsburgh, or somebody gets bought out on the cap compliance market that the Wings are interested in).

For now, I think Almquist is going to stay in GR just like the Wings kept Tatar in GR when they were able to give him one more playoff run.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/13/14 at 01:38 AM ET

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