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Development Camp Provides Leadership Role For Dugan

by Garrett Calloway @GoldenKnights /

Returning to his third development camp in as many years, Jack Dugan knew he wouldn't be nervous the way he was during the Golden Knights inaugural season development camp.

A fifth round pick by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Draft, Dugan has seen the past two professional camps as an opportunity to do more than just impress on the ice.

"There are definitely some guys that are looking to some of the older guys for some guidance," Dugan said. "That's a nice honor, those guys are looking at you to guide them."

Coming out of the 2017 camp, the forward played with the Chicago Steel of the USHL recording 31 goals and 35 assists in 54 games. His 66 points ranked third in the USHL in scoring.

Following the 2018 development camp with the Golden Knights, Dugan spent the 2018-19 season with the Providence Friars. He helped the Friars make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 24-12-6 before their season coming to an end at the hands of Minnesota-Duluth in the Frozen Four.

"Obviously it was a little disappointing that we lost, but it was cool to get there," Dugan said. "Going on that ride with all the guys; we had a close team."

His 39 points (10 G, 29 A) ranked second on the team and second amongst all freshmen in the country. Dugan credits his playmaking ability as his biggest skill on the ice and plans to continue developing the defensive side of his game.

"I definitely had to get better defensively because the entire college game is super defensive," the Rochester, New York native said. "I'm more of an offensive guy so I had to be a stickler in the defensive zone."

Off the ice, Dugan was well aware that characteristics can help stand out at a professional development camp.

"Be a good character guy," he said. "Always ask if you can help, say please and thank you, stuff like that."

For those new faces at camp looking for guidance, Jack Dugan was an obvious choice.

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