Golden Knights Top Prospect Rankings: #10 Jack Dugan

Golden Knights Top Prospect Rankings: #10 Jack Dugan

Name: Jonathan “Jack” Dugan

Position: Left Wing

Age: 20

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, PA

Height: 6’2’’

Weight: 185 lbs

Shoots: Right

Picked: 5th Round, 2017, #142 Overall

2017/18 Season:

Chicago Steel – 54 Games, 31 Goals, 35 Assists, 66 points, Plus/Minus: -3

Jack Dugan may end up being a top-6 power forward in the NHL. He might also end up being a an AHL-lifer. Reasonable minds can disagree about NHL draft strategy, but picks like Jack Dugan make it clear that more often than not, George McPhee is willing to take bigger risks on players who show significant upside. Dugan was passed over in his first year of draft eligibility, but has started to show why McPhee wanted to welcome him into the the Golden Knights fold.

Dugan has taken an unconventional route in his hockey career. Until this year, Dugan was didn’t play in a major developmental league. He was content to dominate the league for his New York prep school. Ironically, Dugan didn’t have the academic bona fides to matriculate into the NCAA’s Providence College. Instead, while he did some work this year to meet some admission requirements, he spent the season with the USHL’s Chicago Steel where he finished third in league scoring and was named to the USHL First Allstar Team. He also was named to USA’s World Junior-A challenge, where he led the team to a Silver Medal, scoring 3 goals and an assist in 5 games. He scored this beauty to win in overtime against Canada:

Dugan is a late bloomer, and very possibly a diamond in the rough. Dugan is a strong skater and models his game after Jamie Benn– That is, he plays a fast, agile game, throws big hits, and has hands softer than silk. That being said, his talent is raw and his defensive game needs some work. Having played for sub-par organizations for the majority of his career, he’s never had the high-end skill coaches that most need to see prolonged success in the NHL. That will change when Dugan starts his freshman year at Providence in the fall. Providence has a track record of success at the NCAA level, even if it doesn’t have many prominent NHL alumni (besides Lou Lamoriello). If Dugan takes advantage of the opportunity to develop his game and get experience playing against grown men, he will have a chance to make an impact at the higher levels. That’s especially true if he can keep dishing out shots like this:

It’s easy to be tempted to believe that Dugan’s gaudy USHL numbers guarantee success at the higher levels. While those numbers are encouraging, very few players in the USHL play through their 20 year old season. We won’t really know what the Knights have in Dugan until he turns Pro, which is still probably two to three years away. Vegas will retain his rights until the August 15th following his final semester of college. Dugan is unlikely to play all four years in the NCAA, so with any luck we’ll see him playing for the Wolves by 2020 where he can continue to develop his game.

There is near unanimous agreement that Dugan has all the tools to be an NHL player, what remains to be seen is whether he has the toolbox to build a great career. McPhee swung for the fences on Dugan. Time will tell if he hit a home run or struck out.

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

August 2018