The New York Islanders have two top fifteen picks on Friday’s draft in Dallas. They have four picks in the first two rounds. Consequently, that comes with trade value for each one. But if Dobson is on the board at 11 they should take him.
In the first round, the New York Islanders pick eleven and 12. If they do trade one, it should be the 12th. That leaves them with the slightly more valuable pick at eleven.
A prospect that really stands out to me in this class, and could fall to eleven, is Noah Dobson. If the Islanders still have that pick and Dobson’s name hasn’t been called, they need to draft him.
He’s just too good to pass up.
Why Drafting Noah Dobson Makes Sense
Dobson weighs in at 6’3″ 180 pounds, and boasts a point per game stat line this year in the QMJHL for the Acadie-Bathurst Titans. At only 18 years of age, he wouldn’t be ready in this upcoming season or even the next.
We’ve learned that defensemen take longer to develop than forwards, from Ryan Pulock’s extended development. But with the current core of young defenders, the Isles can wait a few years.
Selecting Noah Dobson would make sense. Several defensive prospects, such as Devon Toews, Mitchell Vande Sompel, Sebastian Aho, and Parker Wotherspoon have been linked to trades for roster players. Although this is a large pool, getting rid of any one of them would leave a gap in the defensive prospect pool.
You could make a case for Joe Veleno or Barrett Hayton, who are both great players who would make the Islanders a better team, but Dobson is the better prospect.
Dobson has an extremely high hockey IQ and vision with and without the puck. He was second in the QMJHL in points for a defenseman, behind Isles prospect David Quenneville, with 69 points in 67 games.
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Dobson would be a fantastic addition to this team and it would sure up their defense in the coming years. Therefore, he may be taken before 11, but in this scenario that doesn’t happen.