After being drafted in the 12th overall at the 2018 NHL draft by the New York Islanders, defensemen Noah Dobson has continued to show his worth with the team that drafted him. The 21-year-old is already on track to have an incredible showing this season, doubling his performance from last year.
Last season, Dobson had a total of 34 games played. He also averaged a total of 13:17 of ice time. Dobson had one goal and six assists last year. Dobson also received 31:27 of powerplay time in 19-20. This is a number I just expect to rise this year as he’s going to be given more time. He’s already at 17:20 in this short season.
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“The plan with him was to get him into about 35-40 games last year…The plan has worked plain and simple… He is ready to take on a real big piece of ice time this year” coach Barry Trotz said about the Islanders defenseman.
Over the course of the first four games for the New York Islanders, Dobson has played in all four of them, so far having three assists. Through the first three games this season he is averaging 17:25 of ice time. He is also a big part of the Islanders powerplay unit as well serving as the quarterback on the PP.
The New York Islanders surrounded Dobson with a lot of veterans last year. Such as, Johnny Boychuk and Andy Greene who took him under their wing. This helped shape Dobson into the player he is now. He has shown his worth and continues to show why he’s a valuable asset.
Noah Dobson has shown a lot of promise so far. Last season Dobson learned a lot under Boychuk and Greene, this season he is using everything they taught him. Over the first four games, Dobson showed himself to be a powerhouse on the team and now the sky is the limit. Dobson easily has the ability to be a top-four and maybe even a top-pair defenseman at the NHL level.