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New York Islanders Devon Toews Proves He Belongs

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 28: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders skates against the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on December 28, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 28: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders skates against the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on December 28, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Devon Toews’ impact on the New York Islanders can’t go unmentioned. He has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in his first 24 games.

Devon Toews was taken by the New York Islanders in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. It’s been a long road to the NHL for him, as he climbed the prospect pool, but Toews’ impact is already felt and he should be here to stay.

I’m not sure if it’s impressive or sad that Toews, selected in the fourth round, is the best player taken out of that 2014 draft class which included two first rounders (Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang).

The Isles had a top-five pick in that draft and yet somehow their best player from that year is a fourth rounder, kudos to Toews for figuring it out so quickly. The 24-year-old had two and a half monster season’s in the AHL before getting the call up this year.

In his first 24 career games in the NHL, Toews has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists). Over the course of a full 82 games season, that’s a 31 point pace. Keep in mind this is just Toews’ first go at the NHL, he likely will get better next year too.

Toews who plays alongside Scott Mayfield has proven that he deserves to be a part of the Islanders six d-men every night. Last night, a two-point performance was Toews’ first career multi-point game in the NHL.

With his speed and offensive upside, you can see a top-four defenseman in there. With Thomas Hickey almost ready to return the Islanders are going to have to answer some tough questions. Who’s out when Hickey is back?

The now obvious choice seems to be, waive Luca Sbisa, scratch Adam Pelech every night and have your three lefties be Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey, and Devon Toews.

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The Islanders are 18-4-2 when Devon Toews is in the lineup. Are you taking him out? Barry Trotz certainly shouldn’t and I think they realize that.

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