All-around defenseman who hasn’t developed offensively as well as hoped. Could become a depth player at the NHL level.
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June 2019 – Dougherty did not get a qualifying offer from the Sabres which means he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Jokke Nevalainen
October 2018 – Jack Dougherty had a tough sophomore campaign for the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL in 2018. The 2014 second round pick managed to score just one goal and have 12 points in 63 games, adding 36 penalty minutes and a minus-15 rating in the process. After a 52-point WHL season in the 2015-2016 campaign, Dougherty came into the AHL with considerable hype. Dougherty’s development has taken longer than expected and as of right now, his NHL future is in question. Dougherty is entering the final year of his entry level contract and will need to take a big step offensively in order to keep his place in the Predators’ system. Matt Somma
June 2017 — 21-year old Dougherty played his first full season with the Milwaukee Admirals. He scored three goals and 32 points. That is a significant drop from his last year’s total of eleven goals and 52 points, when he was playing with the Portland Winterhawks, in the WHL. It is usually expected that some regression happens when you make the jump to pro hockey.
Dougherty is trending in the right direction. The right-shooting defenceman has improved on his offensive game without compromising defense. He is a confident and reliable puck moving defenseman that plays hard, but doesn’t hit as often as you would expect from a player of his size. He relies more on his positioning and active stick on defense. Niko Salminen
April 2016 – After a difficult freshman season with Wisconsin, Dougherty took his talents to Portland to join the Winterhawks in the WHL. Despite the disappointment of being cut from the American World Junior team, Dougherty rebounded with a stellar offensive season by putting up 52 points in 68 games. After being eliminated from the WHL playoffs Dougherty joined the Admirals for the stretch run and recorded his first professional point. Donesh Mazloum
June 2014 – The Nashville Predators selected defenseman Jack Dougherty 51st overall at the 2014 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross
May 2014 – Scouts are enamoured with Jack Dougherty’s all-around skill set as this young blueliner has few weaknesses in his game. Blessed with an great hockey processor, Dougherty shows intelligence and conviction in his abilities, which include a great outlet pass, good positioning and astute awareness on both sides of the puck. Committed to the University of Wisconsin, Dougherty will be mentored in a program that has produced some great defensemen (Gary Suter, Brian Rafalski, Chris Chelious, Ryan Suter and Jake Gardiner). His skating needs some polishing and quickness could be added but it appears Dougherty is among the top defenders in the 2014 NHL Draft class. Brendan Ross