Lightning Signs Former Wheeling RW Ouellet

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former Wheeling Nailers right wing Michel Ouellet to a two-year deal.

Selected in the fourth round (124th overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Ouellet began his professional career with Wheeling in 2002-03 scoring 46 points (20g-26a) in 55 games and leading the Nailers with seven power-play goals while also registering two assists in four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the American Hockey League.

The Mississippi Sea Wolves are the ECHL affiliate of the Lightning of the NHL and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. After being forced by Hurricane Katrina to wait two seasons, Mississippi will finally be able to celebrate its “Decade in the Den” on Oct. 27 when it hosts Reading. The Sea Wolves have sold the most season tickets in team history as fans eagerly anticipate their return to the ice at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for the first time since Apr. 15, 2005. Located in Biloxi, the Sea Wolves had a Voluntary Suspension each of the last two seasons under the ECHL’s hardship provisions after the arena and the team office housed within suffered extensive damage.

In his second season with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2006-07, the 25 year old had NHL career highs with 19 goals, 29 assists, 48 points and 73 games and added two assists in five games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In two seasons in the NHL, he has 80 points (35g-45a) in 123 regular season games and two points (0g-2a) in five games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.