Joren Van Pottelberghe

Hometown:

Zug Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1997-06-05

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (110th overall), 2015

Weight:

201 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Joren Van Pottelberghe played with the Zug U17 team in Switzerland’s Elite Novizen as a 14-year-old and played for the club’s U15 squad. Playing in three games behind Zug U17 regulars Igor Lucchinetti and Mike Boesch he had a 1.64 goals against in three games. Van Pottleberghe played 21 games for the Zug U15 squad.

2012-13: Van Pottelberghe played four games with the Zug U20 team in the Elite Junior A league and played for the Zug U17 team in Elite Novizen. He skated in six games for the Swiss U16 team. In two regular season games and two master round games for the Zug U20 team he had a 2.17 goals against. He played 14 regular season games for the Zug U17 team and had a 2.62 goals against. Van Pottelberghe had a 2.71 goals against in four Elite Novizen playoff games. He had a 1.79 goals against and .930 save percentage in six games for the Swiss U16 team.

2013-14: Van Pottelberghe moved to Sweden to play for Linkopings and played for the Switzerland U17 team in international play. He was briefly with the Linkopings U20 team in the SuperElit league but did not appear in any games. Van Pottelberghe had a 1.62 goals against and .919 save percentage in eight U18 Elit League games and was 4-3 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.10 goals against and .926 save percentage in seven South Division AllSvenskan games. Linkopings was second in the South Division and reached the Allsvenskan finals against MODO, falling 4-3. Van Pottelberghe did not appear in any playoff games.

2014-15: Van Pottelberghe played for the Switzerland U18 team in August before returning to Linkopings. He also played for Switzerland’s U19 team at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge and with the U18 team in the 2015 World Junior Championship. In three South Division SuperElit games with Linkopings’ U20 team he was 2-1 with a 2.89 goals against and .901 save percentage. Backing up Erik Kallgren as Linkopings finished first in Top 10 play he was 2-0 in two games with a 3.36 goals against and .877 save percentage. He did not play in the SuperElit playoffs. Van Pottelberghe had a 1.40 goals against and .938 save percentage in 26 regular season games for the Linkopings U18 team. He was 2-3 with 1 shutout and had a 2.41 goals against and .915 save percentage in five playoff games as Linkopings defeated Djurgardens before falling to Frolunda in the quarterfinals. He had a 2.88 goals against and .928 save percentage in three games for Switzerland at the WJAC. In four games for the Swiss U18 team at the Ivan Hlinka tournament Van Pottelberghe had a 4.21 goals against and .868 save percentage. He played all seven games as Switizerland hosted the WJC, finishing 2-5 with 1 shutout and posting a 3.39 goals against and .881 save percentage. The shutout came in the quarterfinal game against Russia , a 5-0 win, but Switzerland missed winning a medal, finishing fourth after losses to Finland and Canada. Van Pottelberghe was ranked fifth amongst international goalies in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Detroit in the fourth round (110th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Van Pottelberghe played for the Linkoping U20 team in Sweden and was in net for Switzerland’s U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship. In 19 Super Elit games he had a 2.63 goals against and .896 save percentage. Linkoping finished fourth in the Top 10, sweeping Vaxjo in a preliminary series before falling to Djurgardens in the quarterfinals. Van Pottelberghe did not play in any playoff games. He was 2-3 in five games for Switzerland at the WJC, finishing with a 3.15 goals against and .887 save percentage. Switzerland finished ninth, avoiding relegation with two wins against Belarus. Van Pottelberghe signed a three-year contract to play with Davos in Switzerland beginning in 2016-17 in January 2016.

Talent Analysis

Van Pottelberghe is a big, athletic goaltender who is still fairly raw in terms of his overall development. After spending three seasons in Sweden's junior hockey system he will return to Switzerland in 2016-17. Van Pottelberghe's physical tools suggest he can be an elite netminder one day but he is still a project at this point.

Future

Van Pottelberghe appeared in 19 games with the Linkoping U20 team in Sweden in 2015-16 and will return to Switzerland next season. With the prototypical size of an NHL goaltender the 19-year-old has loads of potential. The Red Wings have until 2019 to sign him to an entry-level deal and will likely gauge his progress with Davos — where he is expected to spend the next three seasons — before making a decision.

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