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Ville Pokka | Defenseman | #47

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/3/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 214
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (34) / NYI
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The Chicago Blackhawks have announced that Ville Pokka has cleared waivers and will be reporting to Rockford of the AHL.
Pokka is a former 2nd round pick of the Islanders during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft but has yet to make an NHL appearance. He was acquired in the deal that sent Nick Leddy to the Islanders. Pokka has led Rockford in points among defensemen in each of the last two years but doesn't appear ready for full-time NHL duty. Sep 30 - 1:18 PM

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Chicago has made the signing of Ville Pokka official.

As previously reported, it is a one-year contract. Pokka has led Rockford's defensemen in points in each of the last two seasons. He generated six goals and 30 points in 76 games last year after he had 45 points in 76 matches in 2015-16.
Jun 27 - 6:15 PM

Ville Pokka will reportedly sign a one-year contract with Chicago, according to a source.

Pokka has been in the AHL for the last three seasons with Rockford. He has 23 goals and 78 assists in 207 games during that span. Pokka could get a chance at NHL action in 2017-18.
Jun 27 - 4:37 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned Ville Pokka back to AHL Rockford.

Pokka was recalled to fill in during the pre-season finale, and will begin the regular season down on the farm. The Blackhawks don't like to waste time letting players marinade in the minors, so if he gets off to a hot start expect him to return real fast.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 02:14:00 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled Ville Pokka for Saturday's pre-season finale.

With Niklas Hjalmarsson suspended, and Duncan Keith and possibly Brian Campbell getting the game off, it's just another opportunity for Pokka to prove his mettle to the team. He won't start the regular season in Chicago, but we all may see him later on.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 01:23:00 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned Ville Pokka to AHL Rockford.

The 22-year-old defender who came over from the New York Islanders for Nick Leddy is held in high regard, but he's yet to crack Chicago's dense blue line. Pokka remains a nice sleeper to keep an eye on in deeper leagues, though. He's posted 18 goals and 75 points over his last two seasons down on the farm. Should Chicago seek to shake things up, or reward Pokka, he has the ability to hit the ground running.
Mon, Oct 3, 2016 01:13:00 PM

Ville Pokka (lower body) is expected to be ready to play in the World Cup of Hockey, according to a source.

He sustained a lower-body injury at the World Championship, but he is on track to be available for Finland in September at the tournament. Pokka produced 10 goals and 45 points in 76 games with Rockford of the AHL last year.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 08:36:00 AM

Ville Pokka has been added to Team Finland for the World Cup of Hockey.

Teams are finalizing their rosters Friday. Chicago players Pokka and Marcus Kruger (Sweden) received spots for the tournament in Toronto in September. Pokka had 10 goals and 45 points in 76 games with AHL Rockford this past year. He could be a member of the Blackhawks as soon as next season.
Fri, May 27, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Ville Pokka has been reassigned to AHL Rockford.

Pokka didn't participate in Chicago's season opener on Wednesday. He had eight goals and 30 points in 68 AHL contests last season.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 01:44:00 PM

Ville Pokka has been called up by Chicago.

He recorded eight goals and 30 points in 68 games for Rockford during his rookie season. Pokka was acquired from the Islanders as part of the Nick Leddy deal last year.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 04:08:00 PM

Chicago has sent Ville Pokka to the minors.

He was acquired from the Islanders as part of the Nick Leddy deal. Pokka registered six goals and 27 points from the back end in 54 contests with Karpat of the SM-liiga last season. This will mark his first year of hockey in North America.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 02:28:00 PM

Ville Pokka impressed Islanders coach Jack Capuano in his first preseason contest on Wednesday.

Pokka had two shots on goal in 16:44 minutes of ice time. "For a kid in his first game, he was real poised," Capuano said. "I thought he handled himself real well." If Pokka can't make the Islanders' opening game roster, then he's expected to head back to Finland rather than the AHL.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Ville Pokka has reportedly inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Islanders.

Pokka had six goals and 27 points in 54 SM-liiga games with Karpat in 2013-14. He was taken in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders.
Wed, May 28, 2014 02:21:00 PM

Ville Pokka registered an assist in Finland’s 3-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday at the World Junior Championship in Ufa.

The New York Islanders took Pokka with the 34th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft but ranked seventh amongst European skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the draft. Pokka is a good all-round blueliner with solid defensive abilities who prides himself on taking care of his own end first. It’s a little early to say, but his fantasy upside might be limited.
Fri, Dec 28, 2012 06:32:00 PM

The New York Islanders took Ville Pokka with the 34th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Pokka grabbed the attention of scouts at the World Junior Championships, where he stepped in for injured teammate Olli Maatta and handled the additional responsibilities successfully. He is a calm blueliner and prides himself on taking care of his own end first. Pokka may be the best among the defencemen prospects at making the first pass. He doesn’t have ideal size, but his strong hockey sense helps him outsmart opponents. He must improve his skating because he is susceptible to faster forwards who can turn the corner on him. He's another valuable prospect for the Islanders as they attempt to bolster their defensive corps.
Sat, Jun 23, 2012 12:23:00 PM

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