Behind Ryan Pulock on the New York Islanders defensive production line is Devon Toews. Toews might not shatter glass with his slap shot, but his talent is right up there with Pulock.
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL draft after a 17 point rookie season in the NCAA. It wasn’t a great return for his draft year. But Toews has been getting better year over year ever since.
The Quinnipiac University alumn put up 67 points in 108 games before making his way to the AHL. Then in 2016-17 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Toews put up 45 points in 76 games. He made the AHL all-star game where he won the fastest skater event.
Note. Devon Toews time was 13.478. For reference, Connor McDavid’s time at the 2018 All-Star game was 13.454, the second place finish was Brayden Point at 13.579. Toews would be the second fastest in the NHL.
In 2017-18 Toews was on his way to having an even better season when injury struck. Thirty games in the season, Toews had to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. In those 30 games, he had 22 points, a pace that could see him end the season with 56 points.
Toews is the next line of upcoming defenders for the New York Islanders. From everything we’ve been told and seen on the stats sheet, Toews should be a stud in the NHL. He can play big minutes, he can score, and he can skate like the wind.