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Ouellet, Mrazek sent to AHL; Nestrasil stays with Wings

Roman Polak, Xavier Ouellet

Detroit Red Wings’ Xavier Ouellet, left, of France, and St. Louis Blues’ Roman Polak, of the Czech Republic, chase after a loose puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, April 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


From Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press:

Ouellet, a 21-year-old defenseman, may have been a victim of his waiver-exempt status. Wings coach Mike Babcock singled out Ouellet and another young d-man who’s been sent to the AHL, Nick Jensen, as players who had good camps.

Combined with Pavel Datsyuk being placed on injured reserve, today’s moves allowed the team, for now, to keep forward Andrej Nestrasil, who would’ve required waivers to be sent to the AHL.

Detroit opens its regular season Thursday at home to Boston.

Wings roster