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David Pope
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’2” / 187 lbs.
Birthdate: September 27, 1994
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Acquired: Detroit’s fifth choice (109th overall) in the 2013 draft
CSS Ranking: 67th North American Skater (2013)
Contract: None (must sign by Aug. 15, 2018)
RWC Says: Scoring-Line Winger


  • 2013-14 BCHL Second-Team All-Star

  • Suited up in BCHL junior A circuit for second season with West Kelowna to retain NCAA eligibility.
  • Finished fifth in scoring for West Kelowna (42-17-22-39).
  • Played in seven of 10 post-season games (7-4-1-5).
  • Committed to play NCAA hockey at Nebraska-Omaha starting in 2014-15.
  • Selected in third round, 42nd overall, by Waterloo in USHL draft.
  • Selected in fourth round, 109th overall, by Detroit in NHL draft.
  • Returned to West Kelowna for second BCHL season.
  • Recovered from early-season injury to lead team in goals and finish fourth in points (45-27-23-50).
  • Tied for 14th in BCHL in goals and was sixth in goals-per-game at 0.6.
  • Finished second in West Kelowna playoff scoring in first-round exit (6-2-4-6).

“He’s got, in my opinion, an NHL shot and release. He’s got a great shot. Hopefully, he’ll be a scorer. He has the shot to be a scorer and he has the natural offensive instincts to be a scorer. He knows where to go, how to find space, and he’s creative … He plays enough of a two-way game that if he’s not a scorer, he has the ability to be a third-line type of guy.” — Red Wings scout Jeff Finley (June 2013).

Tremendous shot with good velocity and a quick release … Excellent offensive instincts, with a knack for finding openings to score … Plays a north-south game and battles hard for the puck … Good skater … Pays attention in his own zone … Versatile enough to play center and both wings.

Good height but extremely thin and lacking strength, allowing him to get easily out-muscled … Although he has good offensive tools, he has yet to break out offensively at any level and it’s not clear if he’ll live up to his potential as a scorer … Doesn’t play with much of an edge.

Pope is a long-term project who has good offensive skills and goal-scoring ability. He has potential as a scorer but could also turn into a third-line type if he doesn’t develop as hoped offensively. After a productive final season in the BCHL in West Kelowna, Pope is headed to the NCAA at Nebraska-Omaha in 2014-15. The Red Wings don’t have to sign him until 2018.

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Knights of Columbus Squires Btm AMBHL 27 3 13 16 10 |          
 2008-2009 Notre Dame Hounds Bantam AAA SSMAA 26 28 22 50 12 | Playoffs 5 5 3 8
  Edmonton South Bruins Alberta Cup 5 1 1 2 2 |          
 2009-2010 Knights of Columbus Pats Mgt AAA AMHL 27 2 8 10 12 |          
 2010-2011 Pursuit of Excellence 16U Midget - - - - - |          
  Pursuit of Excellence Prep CSSHL 10 8 8 16 2 | Playoffs 5 4 4 8
 2011-2012 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 24 2 5 7 12 |          
  Westside Warriors BCHL 20 6 12 18 19 |          
 2012-2013 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 42 17 22 39 20 | Playoffs 7 4 1 5
 2013-2014 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 45 27 23 50 20 | Playoffs 6 2 4 6
 2014-2015 Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha NCAA - - - - - |          

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