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New York Islanders: 5 Prospect Options In 2018 NHL Draft

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the first round draft picks board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the first round draft picks board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Noah Dobson, Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL (RHD) 6’3″ 190 lbs:

Noah Dobson is the opposite of Ty Smith. He’s big, he’s got a booming shot and he’s right-handed. Smith’s game reminds me of Nick Leddy in a sense while Dobson is more of a Ryan Pulock or Johnny Boychuk type.

In 67 games this year he has 69 points (17 goals, 52 assists). Scouting report according to Elite Prospects:

"A talented two-way defenceman that can play in all situations and stay productive. Uses his edges well and is, for the most part, a very smooth skater; however, as he gets stronger and adjusts to a more up-tempo style of hockey, he will need to work on his speed in gap-closing. Offensively, he utilizes his keen sense of awareness to be in the right spot at the right time, every time. Soft hands and a deadly shot accentuate his ability to get creative, on occasion. Rock solid defensively, his strong positioning severely limits time and space for the opposition. All-in-all, a well-rounded, reliable, and consistent defenceman that can log a lot of ice time and provide his team with a stable presence on the back end."

Many are projecting Noah Dobson to be a top-four kind of defenseman which the Islanders can definitely use. If Ryan Pulock is the eventual replacement for Johnny Boychuk than Dobson can be the eventual replacement for Pulock in a few years when he assumes that role next to Nick Leddy.

He’s got the offensive upside, the size and skating ability to be a quality first-round selection.

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