New York Islanders Daily: Noah Dobson Austria Year

By Matt O'Leary
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Noah Dobson poses after being selected twelfth overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Noah Dobson poses after being selected twelfth overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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New York Islanders first-round pick Noah Dobson had an interesting path to being drafted that includes a stop in Austria for 2015-2016.

The New York Islanders were lucky to have not one but two steals fall to them in the 2018 NHL Draft. First, Oliver Wahlstrom was on the board at 11 and then Noah Dobson at 12 overall.

Both picks were heavily praised by the media, and it’s hard to argue against Lou Lamoriello’s logic on draft night. Obviously, when you look up information about Dobson, his 2017-2018 season in the QMJHL comes up.

In the Q, Dobson had 69 points (17 goals, 52 assists) in 67 games. It’s why he was so coveted as one of the best defenders in this class. Something that might slip the eye is his year in Austria, and Dobson spoke to Cory Wright about the move.

"“It was tough at times being so far away… but at the end of the day it was what was best for me and really shaped me as a person and who I am today,” Dobson said. “I became a lot more mature from that year and as a player it helped me develop into a better player.”"

Moving that far away at 15 years old is pretty impressive. Not everyone can do it, and Dobson was able to with success at that level. In 24 games playing U18 he had 16 points (three goals, 13 assists). Then that same year, playing 11 games with U20, Dobson had 2 points.

Dobson is likely going to play in the Q this year, but he shouldn’t be too far off from making his Islanders debut. I don’t think he’ll be like Wahlstrom and make it in 2019, but 2020 seems like a good expectation for now.

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