With limited cap space, the Vegas Golden Knights have continued to try to sign young talent to small money short contracts. Dylan Coghlan’s new contract with the Vegas Golden Knights is no different as he signed a two-year extension with the club worth $750k each season. At just 23-years-old Coghlan became an important depth defenseman for the Golden Knights. Obviously, the Golden Knights appreciated his efforts and liked what they saw so they locked him up. With his new contract, Coghlan hopefully will get more of an opportunity at the NHL level this upcoming season to help his team.
Dylan Coghlan Career Summary
The undrafted defenseman from Canada first made his professional debut for the Chicago Wolves during the 2018-19 season following four seasons with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. Over the course of his four seasons with the Tri-City Americans Coghlan showed major improvements that got him on the radar on NHL teams. In his season with the Americans, Coghlan played in 55 games but scored just two goals and three assists. His five points were by far his lowest point total in his WHL career. He helped them reach the playoffs for the first time in his WHL career. In just four goals his production jumped up to .75 points per game. He scored one goal and also added two assists.
His sophomore season with the Americans he mustered together 24 points including an improvement to four goals. His real breakout season came in his third season in the WHL when he more than doubled his previous seasons’ point production. Scoring 15 goals 38 assists over the course of 71 games had set a new career-high in points, goals, and assists and cemented himself as a key piece of the Americans blueline. He also contributed to the Americans qualifying for the playoffs for just the second time in his career. This time he played in four games but was only able to produce one assist.
Dylan Coghlan’s fourth and final season with the Americans season happened to be his best season in the WHL. Playing in 69 games during the 2017-18 season was two less than the previous season. He crushed his previous career-high in goals assists and obviously points. Finishing with 17 goals and 46 assists for 63 points Coghlan absolutely dominated and helped propel the Americans to the playoffs for the third time in his career. During the playoffs run he played in 14 games and was a point per game player. Scoring three goals and getting 11 assists helped advance the Americans to the conference finals.
After he completed his time playing for the Tri-City Americans, Coghlan made the jump to the professional level. In his first professional season with the Golden Knights AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, Coghlan played in 66 games producing 15 goals and 25 assists. He helped the Wolves make the AHL playoffs during the 2018-19 season. In the seven playoff games, Coghlan got just two assists.
His second season in the AHL saw him play in six fewer games for a total of 60 regular games. In the 2019-20 season, he produced 11 goals and 13 assists but unfortunately due to the covid pandemic the AHL was unable to have their playoffs.
Coghlan’s first crack at the NHL came during the coronavirus shortened 2020-21 season. Playing in 29 games for Vegas Golden Knights Coghanlan recorded three goals and three assists including a hat trick against the Minnesota Wild.
Expectations for Dylan Coghlan
After getting his taste at the NHL last season Coghlan will look to improve his play. In training camp and pre-season Coghlan who wears number 52 will be in contention for a role in the top six and definitely a lock for the seventh defenseman also known as the depth defenseman role. Golden Knight fans should be on the lookout for Coghlan and his number 52 to be flying around the ice making big plays.
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