Monday’s AHL All-Star Game saw two Grand Rapids Griffins represented. Griffins captain Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Xavier Ouellet sported some pretty slick looking uniforms as members of the Western Conference’s Central Division.
After participating in 4 total games, the Central Division came out as the 2016 AHL All-Star Game victors. Hoggan tallied a goal and Ouellet notched a goal, an assist and a +2 rating as the Central defeated the Atlantic 4-0 in the championship game.
Sean Shapiro of Hockey’s Future’s caught up with Ouellet regarding his overall All-Star Game experience.
“It’s a great honor to be selected to be here,” Ouellet said. “I was really happy to get that second chance to be here.”
He missed last year’s AHL All-Star Game due to injury, and being selected again in 2016 knowing he was healthy enough to participate made the moment “even more special.” While he’s contributed with producing points during the first half of the season, Ouellet knows that being responsible in his own zone, and building a solid game defensively overall, is what’s most important.
“It’s nice to get the points, but my first job is to be good in my own end,” he said. “Then I can build my game from there.” In 35 games for Grand Rapids thus far, he has 15 points and a +6 rating.
With Kronwall going on long-term IR, could we possibly see Ouellet being called up from Grand Rapids? What do you think, Nation? Sound off!