2011-12: Jack Dougherty skated for St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, MN as a sophomore. In 30 games for the Cadets he scored 1 goal with 9 assists – scoring his first goal in the state tournament. St. Thomas won it’s second straight Minnesota Class A state championship. Dougherty was selected to participate in USA Hockey’s Select 16 Player Development Camp in July 2012 and named to the USA U17 Select team that played in the 2012 Five Nations Cup tournament in the Czech Republic in August.
2012-13: Dougherty skated for Team Southeast in the Upper Midwest Elite HS league in the fall before returning to St. Thomas for his junior season. He scored 2 goals with 9 assists and had 30 penalty minutes in 19 games in the fall. The Cadets captured their third straight Class A state title and in 31 games Dougherty scored 5 goals with 30 assists and had 18 penalty minutes. Dougherty was selected for USA Hockey’s Select 17 Player Development Camp and was invited to play in the USA National Team Development Program in 2013-14. He originally committed to playing college hockey at Ohio State in 2014-15 in March 2013 but de-committed after Buckeyes’ coach Mark Osiecki was fired.
2013-14: Dougherty skated for the USA’s U18 team at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament before heading to Ann Arbor to skate in the USA NTDP and played for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2014 World Junior Championship. In 55 games for the NTDP U18 team he scored 7 goals with 17 assists and had 65 penalty minutes. Doherty scored 4 of his 7 goals on the power play. At the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 with 10 penalty minutes in five games as the USA won a silver medal. Dougherty was +7 with 2 goals and 2 assists in seven games at the U18 worlds and the USA defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2, in the gold medal game. He was selected to play in the USA Hockey CCM All-American Prospects Game in September and in October committed to playing college hockey at Wisconsin in 2014-15. Dougherty was ranked 30th amongst North American prospects in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Nashville in the second round (51st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
2014-15: Dougherty played in 33 games for the University of Wisconsin as an 18-year-old freshman. In a rebuilding season for the Badgers, he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was -25 with 29 penalty minutes. After losing 11 players to either graduation or early departures, Wisconsin won just four games all season and was eliminated by Michigan, 5-1, in the Big Ten quarterfinals; the worst season since the program returned to the varsity level in 1963. Dougherty signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Predators in July 2015; foregoing his final three years of college hockey.
Dougherty has made great strides the past couple of seasons — steadily progressing from a defensive defenseman to a confident puck handler and someone with a great ability to read the play. He has the size and skating ability that attracts scouts and has not let his offensive play diminish his defensive game. Is not an overly punishing player despite his size, relying more on mobility and anticipatory skills to prevent chances.
Dougherty signed an entry-level contract with Nashville following development camp. Barring a surprise in training camp he will skated for the WHL's Portland Winterhawks in 2015-16. Challenged to play a more physical style against the older players in college hockey, Dougherty had mixed success in what would be his only season at Wisconsin. He is in expected to see significantly more ice time and play in all situations for the Winterhawks. Long-term the Predators envision Dougherty as a top-four defenseman capable of moving the puck and controlling the play. How quickly he develops physically and becomes consistent with his positional responsibilities will determine how long it takes to reach that level.