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New York Islanders Podcast: Devon Toews Appreciation Pod

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders skates against the St. Louis Blues at the Barclays Center on January 15, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Blues 2-1 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders skates against the St. Louis Blues at the Barclays Center on January 15, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Blues 2-1 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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He’s only played a handful of games in the NHL, but after a long wait New York Islanders rookie Devon Toews is living up to the billing that followed him through College and then the AHL. We gush about him on this week’s podcast.

Devon Toews has played a total of eleven games in the NHL for the New York Islanders. In those eleven games, he’s put up four points and looks like a perfect fit for what the Islanders needed on the blueline.

His offensive contributions are undeniable. Again, four points in eleven games is a great return for a defenseman who’s taking his first steps in the NHL.

He’s using his skating abilities to get himself into good scoring areas. He’s able to get pucks towards the net. And maybe, more importantly, he’s showing the maturity to recognize when to pinch in offensively and when not to.

He’s still got some work to do, but he’s already proving to be the element the Islanders were missing on the blue line. And we gush about him on the podcast.

What Else Do We Talk About?

The Islanders third line is seeing sort of slow-down. They aren’t proving to be the same, productive and leaders-on-the-ice we’re used to. Is this just a blip, or is there more to this?

With a 16 percent efficiency on the power play, the New York Islanders need a boost. Something needs to be done to address it. If it’s bringing in a player who should the New York Islanders target through the trade market?

What do the New York Islanders do with Jordan Eberle? With the trade deadline just over a month away can they trade him for pieces or package him with some of their own pieces to get a better player? Or do they simply hold on to him for the playoff push and let him walk on July 1?

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