Defenseman Devon Toews has points in each of the last five games for the New York Islanders. Toews now has 12 points in 27 games.
Devon Toews has been everything the New York Islanders could’ve hoped for. After starting hot in the AHL, 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) Toews got the call to the NHL and has had an immediate impact.
He now has 27 games under his belt and has 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) at the NHL level. His most recent stretch has shown off the potential that Toews can add to this defensive core.
In the last five games, he has six points (all assists). If you want to go back to the last seven games he has seven points. If you take his production from his 27 game sample size and put it over a full season it’s a pace of 36 points.
That’s the same point pace Erik Karlson had in his first season, and more than Victor Hedman, John Carlson, and Drew Doughty’s point pace in their first season in the league. There’s no guarantee that Toews turns into one of those guys, but he has certainly flashed at points.
Toews is averaging 17:47 per game, on the third pair with Scott Mayfield. While Mayfield is a bottom pairing guy for sure, the hope is that Devon can turn into a top-four defenseman. Perhaps, it won’t be this year but in the next couple of years expect him to make the jump to a 20 minute a night guy.
Toews has also been a major help to the Islanders power play. On the second unit, Barry Trotz now has Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews paired together. Pulock is in the Ovechkin circle area and it has worked wonders.
Just last night, the Canucks had a delayed penalty so Robin Lehner headed off for the extra skater. Essentially, it was an Islanders power play. Ryan Pulock had put himself in that spot and ripped his seventh goal home.
Yes, Toews wasn’t on the ice for it but it shows how the Islanders man advantage has improved. A large portion of that success is due to Devon’s arrival. The former fourth-round draft pick from 2014 is proving you don’t have to be a first rounder to have an impact on an NHL roster.
With Devon Toews here and Bode Wilde and Noah Dobson not too far behind, the future is bright for the Islanders blue line.