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New York Islanders Top Five Prospects In the System

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 22: Noah Dobson poses after being selected twelfth overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Noah Dobson

Dobson didn’t have a great start to the season. Playing for the Acadie-Bathurst Titans, he scored 16 points in 26 games by the end of the 2018 calendar year.

With Acadie-Bathurst firmly planted at the bottom of the QMJHL standings, Dobson was traded to the top team in the league; the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Dobson responded well to his new surroundings. He scored 38 points in 26 games with the Huskies. He’d add another 29 points in 20 QMJHL playoff games as his Huskies won the President’s Cup and Dobson would be named the playoff MVP for his efforts.

He and the Huskies will now play for the CHL’s Memorial Cup. If Rouyn wins, that would be back-to-back Memorial Cups for Noah Dobson.

We know that the Islanders gave Dobson an extended look during last year’s pre-season. Ultimately they sent him back to juniors. With another year of maturation under his belt and again putting up impressive numbers and impressing those around him, Dobson will likely get another long look this season from the Islanders.

Dobson looks like the real deal. He’s a two-way defender that can play big minutes and lead his team in pressure situations.

Ryan Pulock is the Islanders number one right-handed defender, but Dobson could already be that number two guy.

The Islanders might not have room on the blue line now, but if Dobson has an impressive camp the Islanders could make room to bring him into the lineup. He could make the jump from junior to the NHL a year after being drafted.

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