All of the hype for the New York Islanders coming out of the 2018 NHL Draft was on Oliver Wahlstrom. The forward who can score seemingly at will is a game changer for the Islanders in years to come.
While certainly not forgotten, Noah Dobson didn’t get nearly the attention. While his game isn’t flashy, it’s caught the attention of the Islanders. While most junior players were sent back to their junior teams by the Islanders Dobson remains.
The 18-year-old will remain at the Islanders camp after the first wave of cuts were made. While it’s no surprise that Dobson is a good prospect, he was taken 12th overall in 2018, it’s pleasantly surprising that the Islanders want to see more.
The Islanders have been pragmatic, almost to a fault. Keeping an 18-year-old that they aren’t seemingly going to keep on the roster doesn’t fit their M.O.
But the calm and collected Dobson has shown them something they like. Maybe the end goal is simply to keep him at camp as long as possible. Let him soak up as much of the NHL experience as he can before they send him back to junior for another year.
Or they’re allowing themselves to see what he’s got. Dobson might not be as fast as Devon Toews, but Dobson has the hockey IQ to overcome that. And if it’s enough, then perhaps Devon Toews should be worried about the Summerside, PEI native.