Ex-Sea Dogs defenceman signs with Portland Pirates


Former Saint John Sea Dogs defenceman Yann Sauve signed a one-year AHL contract with the Portland Pirates on Thursday.

Sauve, 25, spent four full seasons with the Sea Dogs from 2006 to 2010. The Montreal, Que., native was Saint John’s first overall pick in the 2006 QMJHL Entry Draft and would go on to play in 251 regular season games, while scoring 20 goals and 102 points. He also added six goals and 20 points in 39 career playoff games.

The Vancouver Canucks drafted Sauve in the second round, 41st overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Sauve appeared in eight NHL games with the Canucks between 2010 and 2014.

Sauve has spent time in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose, Chicago Wolves, Utica Comets, St. John’s Ice Caps, Springfield Falcons and Providence Bruins since 2010, for a total of 220 games with eight goals and 44 points. Sauve has also appeared in 53 games in the ECHL with the Victoria Salmon Kings, Kalamazoo Wings and Orlando Solar Bears scoring 12 goals and 25 points.

The Portland Pirates are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.