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New York Islanders: Assessing The 5 Youngest Players On The Roster

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders skates in his first NHL game against the St. Louis Blues at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 14, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 14: Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders skates in his first NHL game against the St. Louis Blues at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on October 14, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (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 Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Noah Dobson

Age: 19 years, 282 days

Noah Dobson is one of many excellent prospect defensemen in the New York Islanders organization. What sets him apart from the others is twofold. He’s among the youngest and put simply, he’s the best, as evidenced by his inclusion on the 23-man roster.

Like Wahlstrom, Dobson was drafted in the 2018 NHL entry draft. In fact, he was drafted immediately behind Wahlstrom, at 12th overall. Also like Wahlstrom, he is an excellent skater and possesses a high hockey IQ, with creativity and playmaking ability.

He displayed this playmaking ability in his NHL debut when he assisted on Matt Martin‘s first goal of the young season.

Dobson is a solid, NHL-ready two-way defender with a ton of potential for growth. His physical stature (6’4″, 184 lbs) is a great build for a future shutdown, top-pairing defenseman. Though, like most teens playing in the NHL, he’ll need to put on a bit of extra muscle.

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