Dominic Turgeon
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Dominic Turgeon

Hometown:

Cherry Hills Village Colorado

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-02-25

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

3rd round (63rd overall), 2014

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Dominic Turgeon skated for the U14 Colorado Thunderbirds AAA bantam team that reached USA Hockey’s Tier 1 National tournament. He was selected by Portland in the third round (64th overall) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Turgeon made his WHL debut – appearing in a March game with the Portland Winterhawks — and was the second-leading scorer for the Colorado Thunderbirds U16 minor midget team. He had no points nor penalty minutes in his only WHL game. In 40 games for the Thunderbirds he scored a team-leading 25 goals with 15 assists and had 4 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Turgeon joined Portland in the WHL as a 16-year-old. He appeared in seven regular season games with the USA National Team Development Program’s U17 team and played for the USA’s U17 team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge in Canada. Turgeon scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in 54 WHL regular season games. Turgeon was -1 with no points or penalty minutes in five playoff games and five Memorial Cup games for the WHL champions. Turgeon had 3 assists in seven games with the NDTP team and had 3 assists for the bronze medal USA team at the WHC. Turgeon was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp and was selected to play in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

2013-14: Turgeon played for the USA in the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before returning to Portland for his second season. He scored 10 goals with 21 assists and was +18 with 31 penalty minutes in 65 WHL regular season games. Portland finished first in the U.S. Division and reached the WHL Finals for the fourth straight year; falling to eventual Memorial Cup champion Edmonton. Turgeon scored 2 goals with 6 assists and had an even plus/minus with 18 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. He had 1 assist and was +1 in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. Turgeon played in the 2013 USA Hockey/CCCM All-American Prospects game and was ranked 130th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, moving up to 97th in the final rankings, and was selected by Detroit in the third round (63rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Turgeon returned to Portland for his third WHL season. He scored 18 goals with 25 assists and was +14 with 36 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games. The Winterhawks finished second in the U.S. Division behind Everett and reached the Western Conference finals against eventual WHL champion Kelowna. Turgeon scored 8 goals with 1 assist and was -5 with no penalties in 17 playoff games. Turgeon signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings in May 2015. 

2015-16: Turgeon returned to Portland for his third WHL season, serving as a team captain and leading the Winterhawks in scoring. He scored 36 goals with 34 assists and was +7 with 22 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games. Portland finished fourth in the U.S. Division and was swept by second-place Everett in the first round of the playoffs. Turgeon had 1 assist in two playoff games, missing the final two games of the series after undergoing shoulder surgery. 

Talent Analysis

Turgeon has an extremely high hockey IQ and excellent defensive skills. He is a talented penalty killer who can shut down opponent's top centers. He has not been given much of an opportunity to produce offensively while with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks but it is believed that he has offensive upside.

Future

Turgeon led the Portland Winterhawks in scoring in 2015-16 in his third WHL season. After undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery during the Winterhawks' first-round playoff series with Everett, he will head into his third training camp with the Red Wings looking to start his pro career in 2016-17. Though he is eligible to return to Portland for an overage season, he will likely skate for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins once he is healthy. He projects as a second or third line scoring center.

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