Ducks Acquire Goaltender Pogge from Toronto

Monday, 08.10.2009 / 2:56 PM / News
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Ducks Acquire Goaltender Pogge from Toronto
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goaltender Justin Pogge from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Pogge, 23 (4/22/86), made his NHL debut with Toronto last season, posting a 1-4-1 record with a 4.36 goals-against average (GAA) and .844 save percentage (SV%) in seven appearances. In his NHL debut, Pogge stopped 19-of-21 shots to help lead the Leafs to a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Dec. 22, 2008 at Philips Arena. With the victory, Pogge became the first Toronto goaltender to start and win in his NHL debut since Mar. 22, 1991 (Damian Rhodes at Detroit). The 6-3, 204-pound goaltender spent the rest of the season with the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, going 26-21-5 with a 2.70 GAA and .895 SV% in 53 appearances.

Originally selected by Toronto in the third round (90th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Pogge made his professional debut with the Marlies in 2006-07. In three AHL seasons with Toronto from 2006-09, Pogge went 71-56-11 with seven shutouts, a 2.71 GAA and .899 SV% in 142 career appearances.
A native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Pogge helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships in Grand Forks, ND with a record of 6-0-0, three shutouts, a 1.00 GAA and .952 SV% in six games.

Justin Pogge Highlights
Among tournament leaders, he ranked first in wins, GAA and SV%. Pogge split his amateur career with Prince George (2003-05) and Calgary (2005-06) of the Western Hockey League (WHL), posting a 79-44-7 record with 20 shutouts, a 2.29 GAA and .911 SV% in 151 games. Following the 2005-06 WHL season, Pogge was named the league’s Player and Goaltender of the Year and the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) Goaltender of the Year.

Ducks Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations David McNab spoke to reporters via conference call on Monday afternoon. Following is a transcript:
Pogge has been a guy that Bob, Rick Paterson and all our staff have liked for the last few years. He’s a good goalie. Bob has talked with Toronto quite a bit over the last year and this year. You can never have enough good, young goaltenders in an organization. These trades always take time to manufacture themselves, but this was somebody that Bob was trying to get for awhile.

On Pogge’s strengths
He’s a big guy. Everywhere he’s gone, he’s played well. He’s been a top prospect in the Toronto organization for the past three years. I think everybody knows with the way the game is now, we’ve been preached when Francois (Allaire) was here, about the big goalies and the necessity to have bigger guys. He’s just somebody that we think has a chance to be a real good goalie in the NHL.

It seems like Canadian goalies sometimes, who were the big stars in the World Junior tournament, they become instant celebrities. Maybe there was added pressure in that situation. I think here, we’re targeting him as our No. 3 guy and a guy that we thought just added to the depth of the organization. Because of his contractual situation, he can play in the minors. He gives us a goalie that we’re comfortable with if we get an injury or two injuries.. A lot of times people look at an organization and say ‘Well, you have to have two good goalies in case you can an injury’. But should you get an injury, the organizations that are well prepared are the teams that still would have two good goalies. Should something happen and one of our two guys go down, this would still allow us to bring up someone from the American League, who is capable of playing in the NHL we feel and can win games. Everybody can have a third goalie, but you don’t want a third goalie that is not capable of playing or not capable of the players having confidence in him. We think Pogge is a guy can come up if needed. He can not only be the backup, but he can play games. He’s a guy that the coaches will have confidence in and can help you win games, not just play in the games.

On the team’s third goalie situation
We got Timo Pielmeier from San Jose in the one trade, but we didn’t feel he was ready to be the third goalie. We didn’t feel Levasseur was ready to a third goalie. That was the reason we needed to go out and get somebody. If you have a team that you think has a chance to do well, you don’t want it to all the sudden have it be derailed because of an injury in goal. If you need to go get a goalie, it’s pretty tough to get one. Our plan is for him to get more experience, to play more in the American League and be ready if it’s needed.

We’re good now. Both Pielmeier and Levasseur are really good prospects, as far as developing into being a third goalie and obviously higher. They are both very young in their development stage. Pogge is a lot farther along and more ready to battle to play in the National Hockey League. I think right now, we’re comfortable in what we have.

On if the move is a sign of another possible move
No, it’s not a precursor. You have to have three goalies. Your third has to be somebody that the organization is comfortable can play and can win. That is what we think we have in Justin. This has nothing to do with leading into something else. This is strictly to get depth at a position that you have to be strong in.

On where Pogge will play in the minors
We’re still working on exactly where he’ll be playing. But we’re comfortable that we’ll figure something out and he’ll play plenty.

On Pogge’s contract status
He’s on a two-way contract. The way that the Collective Bargaining Agreement works is that the “skaters” – the forwards and defensemen – get three years of pro hockey before they need waivers to go to the minors. But because goaltenders take longer to develop, the CBA is written in such a way that goaltenders can go to the minors for four years before they need waivers. He does not need waivers to go to the American League. He’s in year four. He finished his entry-level contract this summer and signed a one-year contract with Toronto.

Pogge commented on the trade during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon

On the trade and leaving Toronto
It was a little bittersweet, but for the most part I’m really excited to have a new situation and a fresh start. I think it’s a great move.

On his season last year
It was kind of a battle, but I had some really good times and some mediocre times. But overall I gained a lot of experience last year and I’m moving on with it.

On whether he's spoken to former Calgary Hitmen teammate Ryan Getzlaf about the trade
No, I’m going to give him a call in the next couple of days and kind of get the lowdown on what to expect (in Anaheim). Ryan is a great guy and I’m known him for a couple years now. He’s an unbelievable player.

On needing a fresh start
I think everyone needs a fresh start every once in awhile when things aren’t going the best. It’s just a new situation. You kind of get into routines when you’re in the same old place and I think just changing everything up is definitely a healthy move.

On whether he was rushed into the NHL
I don’t think I was rushed into the NHL. I put in my time in the minors and got a chance. I would have liked to stay up there a little bit longer but that’s how life goes. I’m looking forward to my next chance at the NHL and hoping to prove myself and that I can play.

On preparing for this upcoming season
I think it’s just taking everything I’ve learned over the last three years and putting that into this year. I put a lot of work in this summer and I’m looking to come into camp a better goaltender, in shape and with a better style and more efficient style in net.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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