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#23 Dominic Turgeon
Pos: C
D.O.B.: 2/25/96
From: Cherry Hills, CO
Height: 6'2
Weight: 203
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2014 draft 3rd rnd, 63rd overall by Detroit (NHL)
Acquired: Signed 3-yr contract with Detroit (NHL) 5/9/15
Plus: Great skater with quick feet... Intelligent player who sees the ice well... Excels at the defensive aspects of the game including penalty killing and blocking shots...
Minus: Offensive potential remains untapped...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings Director of Amateur Scouting - Tyler Wright "We wanted him and he's got good bloodlines (his father, Pierre, played in the NHL). He's got great hockey sense. He played on a team where he kind of got moved back because of a lot of older and high-skilled guys who are moving on now. He's going to inherit a little bit of a bigger role next year and we hope his scoring ability will show. But we're really excited about getting him where we did."
What GRC says: 2018-19 Turgeon worked his way back from a season ending medical condition during the first half and re-established himself as a top defensive center and penalty killer during the second. The one component of his game that has not come back yet was the offensive touch he showed last season. At one point in the second half, Turgeon had 1 goal in 25 games, which for a player that saw the ice as much as he did, is not enough. He remains solid in the faceoff circle and has had a permanent spot on the top penalty killing unit with Campbell in addition to his normal duties centering the 2nd or 3rd lines. An unrestricted free agent, Turgeon has seen time in Detroit the last two seasons and is a lock to be qualified.
2017-18 Had career season derailed by blood clots related to thoracic compartment syndrome, a development that shut him down for the rest of the year. It is no coincidence that the team struggled in his absence as his presence in the faceoff dot and on the penalty kill could not be replaced. After setting offensive career highs in the first half, his offense fell off a bit in the second half, at least partially due to the season ending injury to sniper Matt Lorito, his normal left winger. Great defensive forward has worked hard to improve his skating and touch with the puck. It appears he has a legitimate shot at making the jump to the NHL which would be a big hole the Griffins would need to fill.
2016-17 Turgeon excels at the defensive part of the game, and was impressive as a rookie with his prowess in the faceoff circle and his work centering the checking line that was a difference maker at times during the regular season and playoffs. He uses his speed and instincts well and is very dangerous on the fore-check. His offensive numbers have not materialized yet, even with a couple of opportunities to move up the lineup. He will return to the Griffins and look to take his game to the next level.
Summer 2016 Turgeon is a shutdown defensive center who can skate other players into the ground. He should help the GR penalty kill and there is hope that he can continue to develop his offensive game to make him more of a two-way threat. He is an intelligent player with a high hockey IQ which is apparent in his postional awareness. He enters the season recovering from shoulder surgery, so may get off to a slow start when he is finally ready to play.
Role: Two-way Center
Projection: NHL 2nd or 3rd line Center


5/6/15 Signed to ATO by Grand Rapids (AHL)
5/18/15 Released from ATO.
10/1/16 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
10/1/17 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
1/13/18 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
1/23/18 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
1/24/18 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
1/26/18 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
9/30/18 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
3/31/19 Recalled by Detroit (NHL)
4/7/19 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
7/1/19 RFA - Qualified - Re-Signed
7/26/19 Signed 1-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)