Dominic Turgeon's challenge is 180 degrees removed from what his famous father faced at the same stage of his hockey life.
Well before the Portland Winterhawks centre entered this life, his dad, Pierre Turgeon, was a first overall pick in 1987 who went on to score more than 1,300 points across 19 NHL seasons. In Portland this past season, Dominic Turgeon was charged with playing on a checking line and chipping in complementary scoring on a loaded veteran team.
"He was a highly, highly offensive guy," says Turgeon, who is NHL Central Scouting Service's No. 97-ranked skater. "He learned defence as the years went on. I feel like I'm the opposite right now. I started this year with a big defensive role but I know that I have that offensive ability and that it will come.
"I feel like I'm a two-way forward," adds Turgeon, who had 10 goals and 31 points across 65 games for Portland. "I feel I can protect the puck well in the offensive zone, drive the net and I'm strong defensively."Read More »from NHL draft tracker: Dominic Turgeon, Portland Winterhawks