After another impressive season at Juniors Noah Dobson is feeling confident and is looking to make the New York Islanders roster in September.
Noah Dobson is the consensus number one prospect for the New York Islanders, there's no question. In the QMJHL last year he put up monster numbers playing for Rouyn-Noranda after he was traded from Acadie-Bathurst. In 28 games with his new club, he had 36 points (6 goals, 30 assists).
He was even better in the playoffs putting up 29 points in just 20 games. Dobson is a stud and he might be ready for the NHL sooner rather than later.
The only issue is due to his age he isn't eligible for the AHL. It's either NHL or back to the QMJHL for Dobson, so he wants to come into camp strong giving him the best chance to make the team.
Here's what Dobson told nhl.com:
"I'm confident in my ability," Dobson said. "Once I get into training and add some strength, add a few pounds to the frame, I think I'm going to be confident. Obviously you've got to go in with the mindset that you can make it and you've got to believe in yourself. But I definitely feel ready come September."
Dobson should be confident in his ability. He is good in both zones and can play on the power play or penalty kill. The kid has the potential to be a top-pairing defenseman, but with Ryan Pulock and Johnny Boychuk still in the fold, he could be eased into the NHL in a smaller role.
I'd be stunned if at minimum, he doesn't get a shot with a nine-game trial. Ideally, he shows enough to make the team and stay which makes a veteran expendable via trade but worst case scenario he's on the 2020-2021 roster.
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