OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today that the club has acquired defenceman Ville Pokka from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Chris DiDomenico. Pokka will be assigned to Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate, the Belleville Senators.
Pokka, 23, has appeared in 46 games this season with Chicago's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, registering 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) and 20 penalty minutes. His 22 points see him rank second among Rockford defencemen while sitting tied for fifth among IceHogs in scoring.
Originally drafted by the New York Islanders with the team's second-round pick (34th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, Pokka was acquired by the Blackhawks as part of a trade that sent defenceman Nick Leddy to New York on Oct. 4, 2014. A native of Tornio, Finland, Pokka has recorded 127 points (28 goals, 99 assists) and 127 penalty minutes over 266 career AHL games with Rockford.
DiDomenico was originally signed to a two-year, two-way contract by Ottawa following his second season with Langnau of the Swiss-A League, where he led the team in scoring with 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) over 48 games, on Feb. 28, 2017.
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