NHL Draft War Room: Jack Dougherty

by Eldon MacDonald (edited by @ChrisRalphTHW)

Jack Dougherty

THW’s NHL Draft War Room Rankings (E-Mac): #35 (April 2014)

THW’s NHL Draft Rankings – The Next Ones Edition (aka Chris’s List): #37 (March 2014)

Jack Dougherty
Jack Dougherty (Photo: Tom Sorensen)
  • Hashtag: #MrEffective
  • Team: #2, USA U18 NDTP, USHL
  • Commit: University of Wisconsin
  • Position: Defense
  • Shoots: Right
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 185 lb.
  • Born: Cottage Grove, MN, 25-May-96
  • Twitter: @jackdougherty2


Other Rankings

  • 26 – Future Considerations, Apr-14
  • 33 – Bob MacKenzie, Jan-14
  • 39 – NHL Combined – Final, Apr-14
  • 73 – Craig Button, Mar-14

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  • Prospect 4:



  • Quote 1: Wisconsin Badger Head Coach, former NHLer Mike Eaves, at Buckys5thQuarter.com, “Jack has a really good skill set as a defenseman. He can be your quarterback on the power play and he can lead the rush. He’s a good skater who sees the ice well and has good skill. He also understands how to play without the puck, so he is a well-rounded defenseman”
  • Quote 2: US NDTP U18 Coach, former NHLer Danton Cole, at Flames.NHL.com, “Jack has good offensive instincts and little bit of a mean streak in him which we like and encourage. He’s going to be a good hockey player.”

From the War Room

Eldon MacDonald, THW:  A few words on Jack Dougherty:

  • Mr. Effective – Not the biggest guy in the world, not the best skater in the world, doesn’t have the best skills in the world, Mr. Effective just “gets her done” through hard work and effective use of the tools he has.
  • Offense – Has the point shot and has an effective outlet pass, even in tough situations. Just “gets her done”. Jack has shown considerable improvement in this area of his game over the past year to the point where is no longer considered just a defensive defenseman.
  • Defense – Add a bit of a mean streak to sound positioning, the ability to know what to do in a situation, the willingness to be a little physical and you have yourself an effective defenseman, one who “gets her done” in all situations, 5 on 5, PK, PP.
  • Improvements to make – As a “gets her done” class skater, improvements in this area would enhance Jack’s overall effectiveness. Also, as an average-size D, a continuation in his improvements to offense from this year would add to his stock considerably.
  • Draft placement – Most, including myself, have Jack as an early second. However, a good U18 WJC may have moved him up to first round consideration as there not many high-end defensemen in this year’s draft. NHL teams always have a place for an effective defenseman who just “gets her done.”


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