I had the chance to talk with Detroit Red Wings 3rd-Round draft pick (2014) Dominic Turgeon at the team’s annual prospect development camp. We talked about the camp, his feelings coming into the weekend, and more.
HOHM: “What are your thoughts on being drafted by Detroit?”
Dominic Turgeon: “Unbelievable. Once I heard my name called by the [Red Wings], it was like a dream come true. I know they’re an elite organization. I couldn’t be happier.”
HOHM: “Do you think your style of play is similar to the system that Detroit has?”
Turgeon: “I do. I feel like I’m a strong two-way forward who’s going to be very solid defensively. But I’m also going to have an offensive aspect to my game. And I feel like Detroit does have a lot of those [types] of players, so I feel like it’s a good fit.”
HOHM: “Talk about your feelings coming into this camp for the first time. Nervous, excited?”
Turgeon: “Maybe a little nervous, but also very excited. I’ve heard so many good things about this camp. It’s an unbelievable place to have this camp too (Traverse City), and it’s a really good place to bond with the guys, and get to know the guys in this organization.”
HOHM: “Talk about the pace of these drills that [Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill] runs.”
Turgeon: “It’s a very high-tempo practice, so that’s very good for everyone’s game I feel like. It’s definitely good to have a skate like this, especially since it’s the summer right now. So I feel like it’s really good for my game.”
HOHM: “Do you have an NHL player that you model your game from?”
Turgeon: “I guess I can see myself kind of being like a Ryan O’Reilly (2014 Lady Byng winner, Colorado Avalanche), a two-way forward that’s strong defensively and good offensively.”
HOHM: “Do you feel any pressure from being the son of Pierre Turgeon?”
Turgeon: “(Laughs) I don’t really feel that much pressure. We’re too different kinds of players. Obviously he was an unbelievable player, but I don’t feel that much pressure.”
HOHM: “Did your dad give you any advice going into this camp?”
Turgeon: “[He said to] try to get a lot of things out of it. There’s a lot of great players here, so really work hard, do your best , and try to prove as much as you can.”
Stay hooked on HOHM for much more from my series of prospect interviews at the Red Wings development camp.