According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings are hoping that recently-signed prospect David Pope can compete for a roster spot right out of training camp. Pope has developed into a sniper with a skill set that impresses Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff:
“He’s a kid that has improved his skating over the years and I think that’s helped him get to the areas where he can score,” Horcoff said. “He’s great on the power play, he’s got a real good one-timer off the flank and a great wrist shot in stride. He’s a kid that’s really come on the last couple of years and had a great senior year.”
The Red Wings selected Pope in the fifth round in 2013 (109th overall). He had 20 goals and 41 points in 35 games this past season.
Horcoff said Pope is wiry, has a long reach and is hard to knock down.
“He’s had to earn everything in his life,” Horcoff said. “He’s a little bit of a late bloomer. He’s a winger that gets up and down the ice well and he’s a guy that can shoot it. Put him with good players, put him in position to score goals, he’s going to put it away. We’re hoping he can come to camp and show us that.”
Khan continues, and I remember when Pope first came to the Wings’ summer development camp as a 165-pound sniper. He has built up his body and his game significantly over the past four years.