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New York Islanders Daily: Devon Toews Continues Hot Start

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 12: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at the Barclays Center on January 12, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Rangers defeated the Islanders 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 12: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at the Barclays Center on January 12, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Rangers defeated the Islanders 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders could not have asked for a better start from Devon Toews. He now has four points in his first 10 NHL games.

Devon Toews is a name New York Islanders have heard for a very long time. Toews burst onto the scene in 2016-2017 when he put up 45 points in the AHL, in his first season playing pro hockey. He followed that up with 22 points in 30 games.

If Toews didn’t get hurt, he likely would’ve gotten a call up last year. But due to a season-ending injury he only played in 30 games. This year, he got the start in the AHL and was very good again.

In his first 24 games, he put up 19 points. That yielded a call up when the Isles defensive core got banged up and I don’t think he’ll be sent down. With his goal last night, he now has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in 10 games.

He’s been on fire lately with three goals in the last six games, and he’s earning trust from the coach by each passing day. In four of those 10 games, Toews has played 18 minutes or more proving that Barry Trotz trusts Toews.

Toews’ ceiling is a top-four defenseman, and it looks like at a minimum he can give you solid play on the third pair. There’s a long way to go in his development, but so far you have to love what you see.

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