Defensively responsible center who can kill penalties. Not likely to make an impact offensively at the NHL level.
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October 2020 – The Red Wings signed Turgeon to a one-year, two-way contract extension in September after a season in which he tallied 23 points in 63 games for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. The former third round pick is a reliable defensive center who can kill penalties, and he could push for NHL minutes on Detroit’s fourth line this season. Nick Richard
May 2019 – Turgeon completed his three-year entry level contract as a defensive center for the Grand Rapids Griffins with 20 points in 72 games. He also performed admirably in the playoffs with three points in as many games. Assuming the Red Wings re-sign him to a new contract, Turgeon stands a decent chance of making the NHL as a defensively responsible fourth line center and penalty killer. The fantasy upside here is low, though his actual value as a role player to the Red Wings may be quite high as he won’t cost them much under the cap. Mark Hillier
January 2018 – Turgeon has shown some promise as a young two-way player producing at the AHL level. He has played well enough to recently earn himself a call up to the Red Wings to fill in as a fourth line center. Turgeon will be expected to play a smart, responsible and defensive game at the NHL level. His defensive skills at the AHL level should translate nicely to the NHL as a defensive center and penalty killer. Any expectations of the offensive output he showed in junior should be tempered by the role Turgeon plays as a pro. Turgeon still projects as a solid bottom-six forward in the NHL and may have some value in deeper fantasy hockey league settings. Mark Hillier
July 2017 – Winning the Calder Cup in June was a nice way for Dominic Turgeon and the Griffins to finish off the year. In his first season with Grand Rapids, Turgeon may not have been as offensively successful as he was in his final season with the Portland Winter Hawks but his defensive game has definitely translated over and has earned him praise from his team’s coach, Todd Nelson. Turgeon is a smart, hardworking player that pays excellent attention to detail. Despite being an AHL rookie, he played the role of shutdown forward effectively by often being tasked with facing the opposing team’s top lines and by being on the number one PK unit. His ability read plays, position himself accordingly and block shots definitely made him an asset in the defensive zone. At this point Turgeon’s lack of offensive production may not make him a reliable fantasy option but there is definitely NHL upside with this player as a bottom six forward. It is unlikely that he will earn a spot on the Detroit Red Wings this season but at just 21-years-old the young forward has the maturity and work ethic to get there within a couple seasons. Jameson Ewasiuk
January 2016- Dominic Turgeon comes from a long lineage of NHL experience with father Pierre lacing it up in nearly 1200 games and uncle Sylvain skating in nearly 700 himself. Usually that stat alone can grab the attention of scouts, but Turgeon doesn’t want genetics to be the reason he gets the opportunity to further his career. Dominic has yet to flash elite offensive production in the WHL like his father who scored at greater than a point-per-game over his NHL career, but his ability to play in any facet of the game can’t be taken for granted. Routinely praised for his ability to shutdown opposing teams top lines along with responsibility of winning key faceoffs and kill penalties makes Turgeon a valuable asset to any coach.
Heading into the 2014 Draft the Red Wings scouts were very high on Turgeon and that was proven when they traded up 13 spots to select the Portland Winterhawks pivot. Labeled as a strong two-way player with potential for offense to blossom as his role increases. This now Turgeon’s fourth season we are starting to see that offense come to fruition as he currently sits top 25 in league scoring with 24G-25A-49PTS in 28 games played to date. Although the Captain’s personal success has translated to the same team success that Portland is accustomed to and shows well that he has continued to improve which each passing year. Turgeon is going to need that arc to continue to trend upward if he hopes to land an NHL gig like his uncle and father before him. Travis Watson