Just a few months removed from the 2018 NHL draft and the New York Islanders have already locked up first-round pick Noah Dobson entry-level level contract.
The Summerside, Prince Edward Island native (yeah he grew up on an Island) was selected 12th overall by the Islanders after an impressive 2017-18 season with the Acadie-Bathurst Titans of the QMJHL.
In 67 games played the 6’3″ 176lbs blueliner scored 69 points. His play helped the Titans finish second in the QMJHL with a 43-15-8 record. A record that pushed them into the Québec Major Junior League playoffs.
It Didn’t End in the Regular Season
Through 20 games of the QMJHL playoffs, Dobson’s Titans’ lost a total of four games as they breezed their way through the Québec division of the CHL. It was Acadie-Bathurst’s first QMJHL win since 1998-99, and only second in team history.
In that run, Dobson put up an additional 13 points in 20 games. But it didn’t end there.
As champions of the QMJHL the Acadie-Bathurst Titans were the league’s representatives at the annual Memorial Cup tournament. Where the champions of the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL (as well as the host team) compete to win the CHL’s Memorial Cup.
Dobson and the Titans would lift the Memorial Cup after beating the Regina Pats 3-0. Dobson finished tied for third in scoring for the tournament with seven points. Putting his total to 20 points in 24 “playoff” games between the QMJHL and the Memorial Cup.
And now he’s signed up with the Islanders for the next three seasons.
Does that mean he’ll play? Probably not. Eighteen-year-old defensemen don’t typically play a year after they were drafted. Dobson will likely return to play another season in the QMJHL before he can take the next step for this organization.
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But if Dobson has an outstanding training camp, perhaps he’ll force the New York Islanders hand into putting him on the roster in 2018-19.