Ouellet and Sproul staying with team at least through Thursday

DETROIT >> Rookie defensemen Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul will remain with the team until at least Thursday according to Wings general manager.

“They’re going to stay here the next three days so that they know our system so that they’re involved in all our preparations on Boston and the Boston series,” Holland said in a phone interview Monday. “Then, in all likelihood they’re probably going back. But if we have an injured defenseman and we need to call one up they know what we’re doing.”

Both played in Sunday’s 3-0 win over St. Louis.

Sproul logged 18:25 of ice time, 3:25 came on the power play. He had three shots on goal, blocked two shots and had two hits, one of which was a crushing blow against the boards on the Blues’ Derek Roy.

“He’s 6-foot-4, he can skate, he shoots BBs and he’s smart and he moves the puck,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the game. “Ouellet makes the right play each and every time. They’re good.”

Ouellet skated 16:21, 2:09 came on the penalty kill. He had one shot and one hit.

Sproul, a right-handed shot, become the ninth player to make his NHL debut for the Wings this season.

It was Ouellet’s fourth game with the Wings this season.


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