Pope, who is 25, signed a standard player's contract as he is not subject to entry-level restrictions.
The Vancouver Canucks and Manitoba Moose have been known recently for being able to discover virtually unknown talent and developing them into NHL players. The list includes Alexandre Bolduc, Jason Jaffray, Rick Rypien, and of course Alexandre Burrows.
Pope will be attending the Vancouver Canucks rookie development camp next month before attending the main camp in September, where he will fight for a job with the Canucks.
Another player to keep your eye on is Guillaume Desbiens who also played on the Manitoba Moose this past season and is also a free agent. Desbiens had a breakout season and could be inked to a NHL contract by the Canucks or another team very soon as well.