19-year-old, former New York Islanders first-round draft selection, Noah Dobson made the opening night roster after Thomas Hickey was waived.
Yesterday, the official 23 man roster was released leading up to the New York Islanders‘ first game of the year on Friday night. After the waives by the Islanders, it was pretty obvious who was going to make the team and there weren’t any surprises.
Once veteran Thomas Hickey was waived it became clear that the youngster, Noah Dobson was going to make the roster. Dobson was somehow available for the Islanders when they were on the clock with the 12th pick in the 2018 draft.
Since being drafted, he’s been an absolute stud. He won back to back Memorial Trophies in the QMJHL and he was a point per game player the entire way.
In the playoffs this year with Rouyn-Noranda he had 29 points (8 goals, 21 assists) in 20 games. It was becoming clear that he outgrew the QMJHL as a 19-year-old.
For the Islanders they had to make the decision, does he make the team or do they send him back to the Q? The Isles decided, and rightfully so, that Dobson was ready. Now the question becomes do they sit Johnny Boychuk?
As good as Boychuk was for this team, you have to give the nod to Dobson. That Leddy – Dobson pairing is one you can get excited about as an Islander fan and should have great value as the third pair.
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