Golden Knights Top Prospect Rankings: #11 Dylan Coghlan

Golden Knights Top Prospect Rankings: #11 Dylan Coghlan

Name: Dylan Coghlan

Position: RHD

Age: 20

Place of Birth: Duncan, British Columbia, Canada

Height: 6’2’’

Weight: 190 lbs

Shoots: Right

Picked: Undrafted (On ELC after Rookie Camp)

2017/18 Season:

Tri-City Americans – 69 Games, 17 Goals, 46 Assists, Plus/Minus: -5

If you want a player that embodies determination, mental preparedness and resiliency in the face of disappointment, the Knights have one such player in Dylan Coghlan. Over the last three years, he has worked hard, trained hard and turned disappointment into drive to get where he is today.

Despite promising numbers and performance, Coghlan went undrafted in two consecutive drafts. Nonetheless, Coghlan’s drive to succeed earned him an invitation from George McPhee and the Golden Knights to attend the 2017 Prospect Camp. It was there where the Duncan, British Columbia native proved his worth and earned an Entry Level Contract with the Golden Knights.

If nothing else, he’s got the right attitude for the NHL and for the Golden Knights, but what did McPhee and Gallant see in him during Rookie Camp to offer him a contract?

Over the last 4 years with the Tri-City Americans, Coghlan has seen his offensive numbers explode, exploding from 5 points to 24 to 53 to his 63 point season last year. He is the definition of a late blooming defensemen, a big bodied defensively minded player who plays a very smart brand of hockey with good passing and strong positional play. As he worked his way up the depth chart of the Americans, his most remarkable feat is his lack of penalties. Over the last 4 seasons, he has averaged only 36 penalty minutes, with his 2016/17 campaign coming in a record low of 26. Coghlan is the kind of player that not only spends a lot of time in the offensive zone but he also doesn’t make many mistakes when up against top forwards.

There is much to like about Dylan. His attitude, playing style and work ethic are enviable, but there are some some questions left to be answered. First and foremost, it is unclear whether or not he can keep pace with some of the high-end forwards of the NHL. With the Knights being a team built on speed, Coghlan will need to improve his footspeed and acceleration. While he has improved his skating dramatically over the last 3 years, it is a concern worth noting as he pushes to make a league evolving into a one of speed over physicality. Coghlan’s cautious style of play may work to his detrerment because he doesn’t often make good use of the ice in front of him. To be effective at the next level he’ll need to increase the volume and quality of his shots and will need to find a way to be a bit more aggressive with his physical game without finding himself out of position. Now that he is 20 years old, all signs point to Coughlan playing second or third pairing minutes with the Chicago Wolves next season.

While these concerns are valid, McPhee deserves praise for giving Coghlan a chance. Like Nate Schmidt, this undrafted defenseman may prove to be a diamond in the rough. He’s a hard working man with a ton to prove and is going to work even hard once he makes it to Chicago. He plays a simple “Meat and Potatoes” style, doesn’t take too many risks and is very responsible defensive player.

Our last note about Coghlan: Some people wondered whether or not Coghlan’s recent explosion on offensive was the byproduct of being paired with Parker Wotherspoon (New York Islanders). Well, Wotherspoon was in the AHL all this year and Coghlan scored 2 more goals and raked up 8 more assists for the Americans, going from 53 points with Wotherspoon to 63 points without him. We think Coghlan generates value regardless of his defensive partner– at least in junior.

Vegas’ Full Prospect Rankings:

#1 Cody Glass

#2 Nick Suzuki

#3 Erik Brannstrom

#4 Nic Hague

#5 Lucas Elvenes

#6 Maxim Zhukov

#7 Ben Jones

#8 Zach Whitecloud

#9 Jake Leschyshyn

#10 Jack Dugan

#11 Dylan Coghlan

#12 Jonas Rondbjerg

Game Calendar

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