New York Islanders first first-round selection from 2018 Noah Dobson has been traded to a new QMJHL team. He went from one of the worst teams to the best. This can only be a good thing.
It was announced today that New York Islanders first-round pick in 2018 and eleventh overall in the draft Noah Dobson has been traded within the QMJHL. After completing his stint for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship he’ll go from the Acadie-Bathurst Titans to the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
If you read “Noah Dobson traded” and panicked don’t worry you aren’t the only one. When the news originally broke I had a mini panic attack too. But Noah Dobson is still with the New York Islanders.
In going from the Titans to the Huskies, Dobson goes from one of the worst teams in the QMJHL to the best team. That’s good news for the Isles prospect and his development.
Big Game Player
In 2018-19 Dobson’s Acadie-Bathurst Titans hold one of the worst records in the QMJHL with 6-26-1. They haven’t been nearly as good as they were in 2017-18. Last season they finished with a 43-15-5 record winning the league championship and then the CHL’s Memorial Cup.
In going to the Huskies, Dobson goes to the best team in the QMJHL. The Huskies hold a 28-6-1 record and sit at the top of the league.
With the way the Titans were playing there was no way that Dobson was going to get more playoff experience under his belt. But now, with the Huskies, he’ll surely get back to the postseason where he was vital for the Titans in 2017-18.
In 20 QMJHL playoff games he scored 13 points and won the league championship. In the Memorial Cup tournament he scored seven points in four games to win the cup.
Regular season experience is one thing. Being able to play when the light shines the brightest is what you want to see from players.
Ideally you want prospects to get experience in as many big games as possible before they come up to the NHL.
Two years ago we saw how the moment got the best of Mathew Barzal when he played the puck in the penalty box against the Washington Capitals.
Even Barzal admitted that he was star struck on the occasion.
Dobson gets to add more big game experience under his belt while also playing with quality players. Allowing him to grow both in skill and maturity. This trade is a great development in Noah Dobson’s career.