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He was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft as the second pick overall. During his NHL career he played for the Whalers, the New Jersey Devils, the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.
He scored 40 goals as a rookie for the Whalers in the 1983–84 NHL season, established career highs of 45 goals, 34 assists and 79 points for the Whalers in the 1985–86 season, and scored 30 or more goals 4 times in his NHL career. However, he suffered a major abdominal injury in 1986–87 and would not reach the same highs again.
In 1989, he was traded from the Whalers to the Devils for Pat Verbeek, for whom he scored 30 goals in 72 games in his only season with the team. In 1990, he was traded from the Devils to the Canadiens for Claude Lemieux, in a lopsided trade, as Turgeon only scored 15 goals in 75 games over 2 seasons for the Canadiens, while Lemieux produced 125 goals for the Devils in the next 5 seasons and won the Conn Smythe trophy while leading the Devils to victory and the Stanley Cup in the NHL playoffs.
Turgeon's final NHL season was 1994–95 with the Senators. He spent the 1995–96 with the Houston Aeros in the International Hockey League, where he scored 28 goals and compiled 31 assists for 59 points in 65 games. From 1996 to 2002, he played for various European teams in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
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