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Red Wings Sign Dominic Turgeon To Entry Level Deal

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DETROIT, MI -- It was reported today that the Detroit Red Wings have signed prospect forward Dominic Turgeon to a three-year entry level deal.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Red Wings have signed Dominic Turgeon, 3rd round pick (63rd) in 2014, to entry-level contract.</p>&mdash; Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) <a href="https://twitter.com/HeleneStJames/status/597062556616761344">May 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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After trading up for the pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Red Wings drafted Dominic Turgeon at 63rd overall in 2014. Turgeon posted 82 points in 163 games with the Portland Winterhawks, and has been offered an amateur tryout with the Grand Rapids Griffins, but the ELC he has signed with the Red Wings basically supersedes the ATO. The 6'2" 198 lbs center can be described as a strong two-way player with hints of offensive upside. Dominic is the son of former NHLer Pierre Turgeon, who posted 1,327 points in 1,294 career games.

There was a bit of mixed controversy as to why Detroit traded up to acquire Turgeon, as he would have likely been available at the time their name would have been called in the third round, but the reasonable explanation would be that the organization sees something special in him. I'm unsure if he'll see a lot of time with Grand Rapids in the playoffs, but I could be wrong. He's had a successful career in the WHL, so there is a good chance that he will be starting his pro career this year.

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The Detroit Red Wings today signed center Dominic Turgeon to a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

Turgeon, 19, skated in 67 games for the Western Hockey League's Portland Winterhawks in 2014-15, setting new career bests with 43 points (18-25-43) in 67 games, along with a plus-14 rating and 36 penalty minutes. He ranked sixth on the club in scoring, while his 18 goals stood as fifth-best. Turgeon also added nine points (8-1-9) in 17 postseason games, sitting third on the team in goals and helping the Winterhawks reach the WHL's conference finals for the fifth consecutive season. The 6-foot-2, 190-lb., center has skated in 187 career games for Portland, totaling 82 points (31-51-82), a plus-30 rating and 69 penalty minutes. He has also notched 17 points (10-7-17) in 43 playoff games, earning a WHL championship in 2013.

A native of Cherry Hills, Colo., Turgeon was selected by Detroit in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He represented his country a the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, helping the United States capture a bronze medal with three points (0-3-3) in six games.