Yann Sauvé

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Yann Sauvé
Yann Sauve Comets.jpg
Born (1990-02-18) February 18, 1990 (age 27)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
EIHL team
Former teams
Nottingham Panthers
Vancouver Canucks
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
EHC München
NHL Draft 41st overall, 2008
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 2010–present

Yann Michel Sauvé (born February 18, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Nottingham Panthers in the UK's EIHL. He previously played with EHC München in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, selected in the second round, 41st overall. He played major junior hockey with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) for four seasons before he joined the Canucks' minor league affiliates in 2010. He split the 2010–11 season between the Canucks and their two minor league teams, the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL and the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL). The Canucks changed AHL affiliates twice, and Sauve joined the Chicago Wolves and Utica Comets as a result. Sauvé was born in Montreal, Quebec, but grew up in Rigaud, Quebec.

Playing career[edit]


After a year of minor hockey with the Chateauguay Patriotes, Sauvé was selected first overall by the Saint John Sea Dogs in the 2006 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Entry Draft.[1] He began his junior career with the Sea Dogs the following season in 2006–07, recording two goals and 15 points over 60 games as a rookie. After his first QMJHL season had ended, Sauvé was named to Canada's national team for the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships, held in Rauma and Tampere, Finland.[2] He recorded one assist over six games, as Canada was defeated in the bronze medal game by Sweden.

The following season, he improved to 6 goals and 21 points. After ranking as the 21st best prospect among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau (CSB)'s mid-season listings, he was chosen to compete in the CHL Top Prospects Game in January 2008.[1] During the contest, which showcases the best junior players in Canada eligible for the NHL Entry Draft, Sauvé gained notoriety by fighting Steve Stamkos.[3] He then helped the Sea Dogs to the franchise's first playoff appearance, advancing to the semifinals, where they were defeated by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.[4] Sauvé had a goal and two assists in 14 playoff games.

After completing the campaign, the CSB dropped him eight places to 29th in their final rankings of North American prospects. With his individual ranking dropping with each listing, he was also chosen as one of the five most overrated prospects for the draft.[5] Sauvé was selected in the second round, 41st overall, by the Vancouver Canucks. He was scouted as a physically imposing stay-at-home defenceman who had failed to live to expectations in the QMJHL after being selected first overall in the league's entry draft two years prior.[3][6] Sauvé described himself as a player in the same mould as Mike Komisarek.[3]

Upon his draft, he returned to the QMJHL for two more seasons. In 2008–09, he notched 5 goals and 30 points. After the Sea Dogs were eliminated in the playoffs, Sauvé was signed to an amateur tryout contract by the Canucks' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, who were finishing their 2008–09 AHL season.[7] However, after a week, he was released from his tryout without having played a game.[8] Competing in his fourth and final junior season the following campaign, he recorded a QMJHL career-high 7 goals, 29 assists and 36 points. Near the beginning of the season, he was named the league's defensive player of the week after recording a goal and four assists over three games from October 19–25, 2009.[9] After the Sea Dogs won the Jean Rougeau Trophy as the team with the best regular season record,[4] they advanced to the QMJHL finals, where they were defeated in six games by the Moncton Wildcats. Sauvé contributed 15 points in 21 playoff games.


Sauve playing for the Chicago Wolves in 2011

On May 31, 2010, Sauvé signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.[10] While in Vancouver for the team's 2010 training camp, Sauvé was hit by a car while crossing the street, suffering a concussion that sidelined him for over two months.[11] Unable to play, he was subsequently assigned to the Moose.[12] After being cleared to play, Sauvé was reassigned by the Moose to the Canucks' third-tier ECHL affiliate, the Victoria Salmon Kings.[13] He made his professional debut November 26, 2010, against the Idaho Steelheads.[14] The following day, he recorded his first professional point, an assist, against the Steelheads.[15] After seven games with Victoria, Sauvé was recalled to Manitoba on December 16.[16] He recorded an assist in each of his first two AHL games, both against the Chicago Wolves.[17]

By February 2011, the Canucks were playing with four of their regular defencemen sidelined.[17] After Andrew Alberts suffered a wrist injury on February 14, Sauvé was called up to the NHL club as a replacement.[18] He made his NHL debut the following day against the Minnesota Wild, registering 12 minutes of ice time in a 4–1 win.[19]

In 2014, Sauve was signed with the Orlando Solar Bears as a free agent.[20] Orlando had been struggling with defense and was in need of a defenseman. Sauve currently holds the record for the fastest shot competition for the ECHL All Star Classic, at nearly 100 miles an hour. In the 2014–15 season, Sauvé appeared in just 13 regular season games with the Solar Bears, as he was loaned out to the AHL on three separate occasions with the St. John's IceCaps, Springfield Falcons and Providence Bruins.

On July 16, 2015, Sauvé secured a one-year AHL contract as a free agent with the Portland Pirates.[21] In the 2015–16 season, Sauvé appeared in just 3 games with the Pirates as he was unable to secure a role on the club. He was reassigned to the ECHL with the Manchester Monarchs before on March 7, 2016, he was traded by the Pirates to the Stockton Heat for future considerations.[22]

As a free agent in the off-season, Sauvé opted to pursue a career abroad, agreeing to an initial try-out contract with Croatian club, KHL Medveščak Zagreb of the Kontinental Hockey League on July 20, 2016.[23] Over the course of the 2016–17 season, Sauvé appeared in 25 games from the blueline with 3 points. As Zagreb missed a post-season berth, Sauvé opted to continue his season in returning to the ECHL with the Manchester Monarchs on February 9, 2017.[24] His return to the Monarchs was short-lived as after two games he secured a contract in Germany with EHC München of the DEL on February 17, 2017.[25]

On 12 August 2017, Sauvé moved to the UK to sign for EIHL side Nottingham Panthers.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 60 2 13 15 75
2007–08 Sain John Sea Dogs QMJHL 69 6 15 21 92 14 1 2 3 23
2008–09 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 61 5 25 30 64 4 0 2 2 8
2009–10 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 61 7 29 36 65 21 5 10 15 36
2010–11 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL 8 0 2 2 4
2010–11 Manitoba Moose AHL 39 3 11 14 24 13 0 1 1 4
2010–11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Chicago Wolves AHL 73 3 6 9 78 3 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL 32 10 9 19 40
2012–13 Chicago Wolves AHL 17 0 2 2 10
2013–14 Utica Comets AHL 67 1 13 14 63
2013–14 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 13 2 2 4 19 4 0 2 2 4
2014–15 St. John's IceCaps AHL 4 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Springfield Falcons AHL 17 0 2 2 12
2014–15 Providence Bruins AHL 4 0 1 1 2
2015–16 Portland Pirates AHL 3 0 1 1 0
2015–16 Manchester Monarchs ECHL 52 7 22 29 52 5 0 1 1 6
2015–16 Stockton Heat AHL 4 0 0 0 2
2016–17 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 25 2 1 3 61
2016–17 Manchester Monarchs ECHL 2 0 2 2 2
NHL totals 8 0 0 0 0


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Quebec WHC17 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 1 1 2 8
2007 Canada WJC18 4th 6 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 12 1 2 3 12


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  11. ^ Campbell, Tim (2010-11-25). "Sauve Eager for Action". MooseHockey.com. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  12. ^ Vancouver Canucks (2010-10-03). "Canucks reduce preseason roster by five players". Canucks.com. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  13. ^ Manitoba Moose (2010-11-25). "Moose Re-Assign McGinnis and Sauvé". MooseHockey.com. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  14. ^ Dheenshaw, Cleve (2010-11-27). "Steelheads strike early and often". Times-Colonist. Victoria, British Columbia. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
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  16. ^ Manitoba Moose (2010-12-16). "Moose Recall Sauvé from Victoria". MooseHockey.com. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  17. ^ a b "Canucks farmhand Yann Sauve 'pretty lucky' to be playing after car crash". The Vancouver Sun. 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  18. ^ MacIntyre, Iain (2011-02-15). "Yann Sauvé’s Canucks journey: From hood ornament to NHL". vancouversun.com. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  19. ^ "Canucks vs. Wild Boxscore". Vancouver Canucks. 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  20. ^ "Solar Bears Agree to Terms with Yann Sauve". Orlando Solar Bears. Retrieved 2015-01-26. 
  21. ^ "Pirates sign Sauve to AHL contract". Portland Pirates. 2015-07-16. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  22. ^ "Stockton acquires Sauve from Portland". American Hockey League. 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  23. ^ "Gaidchenko and Sauve on try-out" (in Croatian). KHL Medveščak Zagreb. 2016-07-20. Retrieved 2016-07-20. 
  24. ^ "Yann Sauve signs SPC and rejoins the Monarchs". Manchester Monarchs. 2017-02-09. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  25. ^ "Red Bull signs Yann Sauve" (in German). EHC München. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  26. ^ http://www.panthers.co.uk/home/new-dman-lined-up-for-the-panthers

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