2017-18: 8G, 14A, 22P (Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL)
Cap Hit: $700,000 | 2 Years
This was supposed to be Devon Toews’ year. After two seasons in the AHL, Toews was supposed to make his jump to the NHL this year. But a shoulder injury cut that trajectory short, and as of yet, we don’t know if Toews will make the NHL squad in 2018-19.
In his first AHL season after moving over from the NCAA’s Quinnipiac University, Toews surprised everyone with 45 points in 76 games. His play earned him a spot on the AHL’s All-Star game squad where he demonstrated his quick feet, winning fastest skater.
A year later, 30 games into the season and Toews already had eight goals and 14 assists. He was on pace for a 56 point AHL, and maybe even an NHL call-up based if there were any injuries on the Islanders blueline.
We now enter the 2018-19 NHL season and we aren’t sure if Toews will be part of the Islanders squad. With six defenders currently on the roster, there’s technically space for one more. Teams generally carry seven defenders on their 23 man active roster. But with 15 forward and two goalies, the Isles are already at 23.
To get a spot Toews is going to have to prove himself like he did during the Isles 2017 training camp. Then he impressed management so much that he was one of the last cuts made to the roster.
If the Islanders are going to carry seven defenders on the 2018-19 roster, Toews is likely to be one. Unless Sebastian Aho, who already has NHL experience can take that spot.