VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ The Vancouver Canucks acquired goaltender Maxime Ouellet from the Washington Capitals on Friday for a fifth-round pick in the 2006 NHL entry draft.

The 24-year-old will report directly to Manitoba of the American Hockey League.

Ouellet played with the Hershey Bears, Washington's affiliate in the AHL, and gave up five goals on 19 shots before being pulled from his only game.

The Canucks are thin at goaltender because of an injury to Dan Cloutier, who has a sprained knee. Alexander Auld has been starting in Cloutier's absence and has an 8-6 record in 17 games and a 2.70 goals-against average.

Ouellet was slated to backup Olaf Kolzig in Washington this season, but gave up seven goals in an Oct. 2 exhibition game against Pittsburgh, prompting the Capitals to claim Brent Johnson off waivers from the Canucks.

The 6-foot-2 Ouellet played for two NHL teams, going 2-3-1 with one shutout for Washington in 2003-04 and 0-1 with Philadelphia in 2000-01. He spent the NHL lockout playing for the Portland Pirates of the AHL, going 15-20-3 with a 2.89 goal-against average.

Ouellet was selected in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1999 entry draft. He was acquired by Washington, along with three draft picks, in the trade that sent Adam Oates to Philadelphia in 2002.