Pope was dealt to the Canucks from the Red Wings in exchange for defenseman Alex Biega on Sunday.
Pope was a fourth-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has yet to reach the NHL level. In his last two seasons with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, he racked up 33 goals and 72 points. The 25-year-old winger should be heading to AHL Utica.
Pope was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Sunday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Pope is an intriguing prospect, but the Red Wings have plenty of depth at forward, hence the team's decision to assign 2018 sixth overall pick Filip Zadina to the top developmental affiliate as well.
Pope is likely to start the 2018-19 campaign with AHL Grand Rapids, MLive.com reports.
Selected in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Pope is an interesting prospect in that he delivers a terrific shot from the left wing, but the Wings are prioritizing the development of 2018 sixth overall pick Filip Zadina and WHL standout Michael Rasmussen -- both are virtual locks to crack the Opening Night roster. Still, it's conceivable that Pope -- who fashioned 20 goals and 21 assists over 35 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha last season -- will be a candidate for a call-up if and when injuries threaten the big club.
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