With less than seven weeks before the start of training camp, the Portland Pirates roster is nearly complete.
One of the final pieces to the Pirates opening night roster is now under contract as their parent club, the Phoenix Coyotes, have signed goaltender Justin Pogge to a one-year, two-way contract.
The team has yet to announce the deal, but Coyotes Asst. GM Brad Treliving confirmed the deal in an email to the Maine Hockey Journal.
Pogge played last season in the Carolina Hurricanes system with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League where he posted a 22-18-4 record with a 3.12GAA and a .907 save percentage.
It’s expected that Pogge will join Curtis McElhinney between the pipes for the Pirates this season.
Treliving had some insight on the 6-3, 204-pound, netminder as he played for the San Antonio Rampage during the 2009-’10 season.The former affiliate of the Coyotes received Pogge on loan from the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL after his NHL club, the Anaheim Ducks, reassigned him to the Texas AHL franchise.
The Ducks didn’t have an AHL affiliate that season.
In 23 games, he went 12-7-3 with a 2.57GAA and a .920 save percentage.
“He played well (in San Antonio),” said Treliving. “He is a big kid and we think he still has some upside. He would be the Number four goalie in the system right now, so it gives some depth.”
The Fort McMurray, Alberta native was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round (#90 overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Pogge has represented his country in international play as he’s led Canada to a goal medal in the 2006 World Junior Championship with three shutouts and a 1.00GAA.
NOTES: Reports indicate that Coyotes first round draft pick, Connor Murphy, will forego his commitment to Miami University (OH) and sign with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.
Murphy, whose father is Gord Murphy, was scheduled to enter Miami of OH this fall after spending the last two seasons with the US National Development Team.