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#12 David Pope
Pos: LW
D.O.B.: 9/27/94
From: Edmonton, Alb
Height: 6'3
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2013 draft 34th rnd, 109th overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed 2-yr contract with Detroit (NHL) 5/7/18
Plus: A sniper by trade, his shot is his biggest strength... Lethal one-timer... Ability to disappear and get open in scoring position... Good defensive instincts... Plays a good two-way game... A strong player with a projectable frame...
Minus: Needs to keep working on his skating and strength... Needs to play with more urgency...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings Asst GM - Ryan Martin "Dramatic improvement. This was the best year he had by a longshot in his college career. Probably a testament to the time that he put in in the offseason more so than in years past. Also the coaching change at Nebraska-Omaha, I think benefited him and his development. But he made a commitment on his own dime and decided to live down here for the better part of the summer last year and trained with a group of pros and trained differently. I think the dividends paid off on the ice. He worked on his foot speed, his skating got better and I think the combination of his strength training and the work on his skating showed up on the ice and he had obviously a very, very successful senior year of college. He'll come to the development camp and certainly play for us in the prospects tournament, then from there work right into main camp. Our expectation would be that he would be competing for a job in Detroit in main camp and then if he didn't make Detroit, he'd be in Grand Rapids next year."
What GRC says: 2018-19 The rookie winger was in and out of the lineup in the first half without much of an impact. The second half saw time in the press box before a late season assignment to Toledo (ECHL). Pope needs more urgency and intensity to gain a lineup spot in the AHL, and as an older prospect has his work cut out for him. For a guy that was rumored to be in the hunt for a slot with the Wings in camp, Pope did not have the season he wanted.
Summer 2018 A late bloomer, Pope used his time in college to add muscle and refine his game, moving from one-dimensional sniper to a more all around player, all while continuing to increase his offensive output. Another offseason of hard work should move him to within striking distance of the NHL roster, and he should be an impact player for the Griffins. At his best on the powerplay along the half wall, look for hi to core a lot of goals on the man-advantage unit this season.

Role: Scoring Winger
Projection: NHL 2nd or 3rd line winger


5/7/18 Signed 2 yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
9/30/18 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
3/28/19 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)