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New York Islanders Three Takeaways from 4-1 Win vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on April 14, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring a goal during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on April 14, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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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)

Devon Toews Still Getting Better

(OK, yes that button was an exaggeration. But every day I’m impressed on just how good Devon Toews is. I have no idea just how good he can actually be.)

It’s Devon Toews’ first NHL season. It’s hard to picture that. The 25-year-old defenseman out of Quinnipiac University has been an integral part of the New York Islanders lineup almost the entire season.

He plays important minutes against tough competition and quarterbacks the Islanders first power play unit. Again, this is his rookie season in the NHL.

Devon Toews is invaluable to the New York Islanders defense. He isn’t just great at generating offense from the back end, but he’s also incredible defensively.

Just watch how he covers Sidney Crosby on this defensive zone shift. He never gives Crosby a second to breathe or set himself.

Watch how Crosby tumbles to the ice at the end, that typically ends with the defender taking a holding call. But the way that Toews is defending Crosby it’s clear 87 drops like a bag of hammers all on his own.

Every single day that passes Deon Toews is getting better. We keep wondering where the ceiling is with this kid and every time he hits the ice he pushes that ceiling a little bit higher.

Devon Toews might be a rookie, but he doesn’t play like one. Remember, he’s locked into a $700,000 contract until the end of next season. Absolutely incredible cap management by Lou Lamoriello.

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