Every kid dreams of making the NHL and eventually scoring their first NHL goal. On Tuesday, Noah Dobson scored his first career NHL goal.
We all picture it as kids. We've been drafted by the New York Islanders and we're playing under the bright lights of the Nassau Coliseum with the crowd roaring and we score our first goal.
There's no better moment for a player. Everyone who's scored their first NHL goal will remember it vividly for the rest of their lives.
On Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings, Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson got his first career NHL goal. It wasn't a pretty goal, and technically it went in off a Red Wings player, but a goal is a goal.
A Goal is a Goal
Ideally, your first NHL goal is a nice one. Maybe you nutmeg a defender and go inside-outside on a goalie. Or you slap one from the point and it goes bar down and in. Noah Dobson's first goal in the NHL was punched into the net by Detroit Red Wings Alex Biega.
Not that it matters how it goes in. A goal is a goal.
Since Adam Pelech went down with an injury that will see him miss the rest of the regular season, Noah Dobson has been given an increased role on the team. His ice time has rocketed up with his first 20 minute game against the New York Rangers, and now a day later he's adding offense to his game.
Game after game, Noah Dobson has grown in confidence and has gained more trust in the eyes of his coach. He was drafted with the potential to be a top-end blueliner in the NHL and so far in his young career, he's showing why.
It's still going to take time for the 20-year-old to be that top-end guy at the NHL level, but the young man is getting there rather quickly. And now we can all remember where we were when he scored his first NHL goal.