Devon Toews is ready and able to play for the New York Islanders, now all he needs is a phone call from Lou Lamoriello.
Due to poor play from Adam Pelech and Johnny Boychuk getting banged up in yesterday’s win over the Devils, Devon Toews should be recalled to the New York Islanders. Given his performance with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and lack of defensive prowess shown in recent games against the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars, the decision is justified.
With 17 points in 18 games with the Sound Tigers, Devon Toews is a force to be reckoned with in the AHL, and the Islanders can use his production. Along with his play in the AHL and a memorable preseason, we should hope Toews receives his phone call.
New York Islanders’ Defensive Struggles
Along with Adam Pelech’s atrocious performances, almost all 7 of the Isles’ defenseman have made costly errors that swayed the momentum of the game. Just this past Wednesday Ryan Pulock missed the net from the slot on a fast break, and if he scored, that could’ve propelled the Islanders to a victory against their crosstown rival.
Similarly to last season, Thomas Hickey has silently been the Isles’ most consistent defensive player, although he only has 3 points in 20 games, he’s posted +7 through his first 20 games, leading all Islanders defenseman. When Hickey is on the ice, the Islanders are in better shape than Pelech, Leddy, or even Pulock
At the moment, the Islanders do not have any left-handed defensemen on the current roster who is ready to play in the NHL, and can replace Pelech or Sbisa, who has posted one point and a -2 rating in 5 games. At 24 years old, Toews is ready and able to take the next step in his NHL career, and begin his career as an Islander.
Devon Toews could revolutionize this defense into a very strong overall unit, with small weaknesses that can be fixed with good defensive structure from head coach Barry Trotz and his assistants, giving the Islanders a shot to make the playoffs when April comes.