2. Xavier Ouellet, D: Arguably the most over-ripe member of the Griffins since Gustav Nyquist, it is well-past time for Ouellet, a 2011 second round pick, to assume a regular role. Blashill said it was a close choice between Alexey Marchenko, 24, and Ouellet, 22, last season. The decision to jettison Kyle Quincey and the failure, so far, to acquire reinforcements on defense provides more opportunity. Unfortunately for the Wings, while capable defenders, neither Ouellet nor Marchenko emphasize offense.
David Guralnick, Detroit News