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04-23-2012, 04:30 PM
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Ouellet was also chosen as 3rd best D-man in the QMJHL
3. Xavier Ouellet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
NHL Rights: Detroit Red Wings
Drafted 48th overall (2nd round) in 2011

The change from one season to another has been quite an adjustment for Xavier Ouellet. Not only did his team, formerly the Montreal Junior, move to become the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, but the team itself said goodbye to a large amount of veteran talent. By necessity, Ouellet was handed the top defensive duties and has responded in admirable fashion.

Despite icing a much younger and very different line-up, the Armada are leading their division and Ouellet's impact, both on the blue line and as team captain, has a lot to do with that success. He's blown past previous career totals to currently have 49 points in 54 games, placing him third among QMJHL defensemen. His 17 goals are the second most by a blueliner in the league and seven of those goals have come on the man advantage.

Ouellet is contributing in all situations for the Armada and sees plenty of ice time every game which is good news for his development as a prospect. Still only 18, he's already one of the QMJHL's top defensemen and should be heavily considered for a role with Team Canada at the World Juniors next winter.

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