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New York Islanders: How Much Does Devon Toews’ Ice Time Increase?

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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As a rookie, Devon Toews impressed for the New York Islanders. How much can you expect his ice time to go up in year two in the NHL.

The New York Islanders were one of the better defensive teams in the entire league last year, allowing the fewest amount of goals in the league. While some of that is the system, you have to give credit to the personnel as well.

For example, Devon Toews was everything you could have hoped for. In 48 games, he had 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists). Over a full season that’s a 31 point pace as a rookie. He also was given the opportunity to quarterback the power play.

Despite being 24 years old with no NHL experience, the Isles relied on him in some big spots. He averaged 17:54 of ice time during the regular season and 19:09 during the playoffs.

My question is, how much does that increase this year?

It’s safe to assume that Toews and Scott Mayfield will act as the second pair. He should definitely see at least 19 minutes a night, like the playoffs, with Mayfield not all that far behind him (maybe closer to 18 because of Toews’ power-play duties).

Toews had five points in the playoffs and was a real difference-maker for this Islanders team. They’re going to rely heavily on him and he should be able to handle it just fine.

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