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Portland signs Yann Sauve to AHL contract

The Portland Pirates Thursday announced the signing of defenseman Yann Sauve to a one-year AHL contract for the 2015-16 season.


The 6-foot-3, 218-pound defenseman from Rigaud, Quebec, played a total of 25 games in the AHL last season with three teams, combining for one goal and three assists for four points. Sauve played in 17 games for the Springfield Falcons and four games each for the St. John’s IceCaps and Providence Bruins in 2014-15.
Sauve also played 13 games last season for the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, scoring two goals and two assists for four points.
Selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the Second Round (41st Overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Sauve has played eight games in the NHL, all with Vancouver. He skated in five games during the 2010-11 season and three more in 2013-14.
The 25-year-old Sauve has played a total of 221 AHL games over his five year pro career, scoring eight goals, 35 assists, and 43 points. He has had AHL stops with the Manitoba Moose (2010-11), the Chicago Wolves (2011-13), and the Utica Comets (2013-14).
Prior to turning pro, Sauve played four seasons with the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs.