The Detroit Red Wings drafted Dominic Turgeon in the third round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL.
Dominic Turgeon was the second American drafted by the Detroit Red Wings and the Red Wings traded up in order to draft him. Detroit traded the seventy-six pick in the Draft and their third round pick next year for the sixty-third selection.
Dominic Turgeon went into Development Camp with the right attitude and knowing this was the first step down the tough road of making it to the NHL.
Turgeon said, “Really I feel like these camps are just to improve your game and see where you are at. I feel like the main thing is you have to do your best in these situations, I mean they get to see where you are at right now as a player.”
It helps having a father who has played in the NHL around to provide insights to Dominic’s game as he has progressed though the years.
Turgeon recalled this teaching from his father, “Always do your best no matter what you are doing, off ice training in the summer or on ice because that is how you are going to improve, especially on the off ice training, which I think is huge, that can really develop your game to a whole different game.”
At 6’2″ and 196 pounds, Turgeon is another big player to be drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, but despite his size he lacks the strength to compete at the professional level, but Turgeon will have two more seasons in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks to work on his strength.
Since the season ended for the Winterhawks, Turgeon has not stopped improving. “I have been working out five to six times a week off ice and then on ice two to three times a week. So I have been really busy with that and trying to get quicker and stronger”, said Turgeon.
Turgeon is a solid defensive player and uses he size to get positioning on the attacking player, but offensively he can look lost.
During the scrimmages, Turgeon was not noticeable, which can be a good thing at times. But when both of his linemates are making plays and he is not able to create chances for his teammates in the offensive zone, it is a problem.
Dominic Turgeon’s offensive game has improved each year, but the Detroit Red Wings do not want a season like Luke Glendening had last year from a third round draft pick.
Despite Turgeon’s lack of an offensive punch, there is a lot to like about him from the way he approaches the game to his defensive play and once he develops more he could be a dangerous player in the NHL.