Ashton Sautner

Pageau earns DoPS hearing after boarding Canucks’ Sautner

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau only received a minor for boarding Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ashton Sautner Thursday night, but the Ottawa Senators forward could be punished again following his discipline hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The DoPS will be speaking with Pageau after his second period hit on Sautner. The Canucks blue liner left the game for a bit before returning to finish Vancouver’s 7-4 win over the Senators.

Pageau, who took a big, unpenalized hit from Jake Virtanen earlier in the game, will likely be sitting for one or two games here. He eyes Sautner as he’s going to retrieve the puck along the boards and the Canucks defenseman does not peek behind him to see Pageau coming, nor does he change any part of his body before the Senators forward drills him between the numbers.

Given Sautner’s position on the ice and the fact he didn’t know he was about to be hit from behind, Pageau does not try to minimize contact or avoid his check. That’s a textbook suspension.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

Canucks sign Oil Kings’ captain Ashton Sautner (Confirmed)

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The Vancouver Canucks have signed free agent defenseman Ashton Sautner to an entry-level contract.

The 20-yeat-old was 12th among blue liners in scoring in the Western Hockey League with 12 goals and 48 points in 68 games entering Friday night’s action

“Playing pro hockey was definitely on my mind (coming into this season),” Sautner told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. “It’s so exciting. I can’t thank my friends and family enough for all of their support over the years.”

The 6-foot, 192-pound native of Flaxcombe, Saskatchewan attended Arizona Coyotes camp last summer.

Sautner won a Memorial Cup last spring with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

He is expected to join the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League once his WHL season is over.