New York Islanders Three Best 2019 Training Camp Battles
Noah Dobson vs. Veteran D
He’s ready. After capturing his second Memorial Cup trophy in back-to-back seasons, defenseman Noah Dobson is ready for the next step in his NHL career. Standing in his way is a loaded Islanders backline.
The same backline that powered the New York Islanders to a 103 point season and helped their goalies earn a Jennings Trophy for the fewest goals against last season.
That backline was fantastic last season, but there are a number of veterans that don’t necessarily improve the team on paper. Specifically, I’m talking about Thomas Hickey and Johnny Boychuk. Both veteran defenders are already on the fringe of the roster.
Hickey was often scratched last season while Johnny Boychuk has already been passed by Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield on the Islanders right-handed defensemen depth chart.
Lou Lamoriello says Noah Dobson will be given every opportunity to make the New York Islanders roster in 2019-20. I’m looking forward to seeing if Lou and Barry will be willing to sit a veteran for a fresh-faced rookie.
Dobson is still going to have to convince both Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz that he’s ready. His resume has opened him the door, but he’s got to take the next step through it. And that starts at training camp. He’s got to outperform the veterans if he wants a place.
For the veterans, the pressure is on. There’s a kid who’s ready, willing, and seemingly able to take their spot. They’ve got to show their A-game if they want to keep their spot.