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Islanders: Three takeaways heading into early break

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 19: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at United Center on October 19, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 19: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks in the second period at United Center on October 19, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Noah Dobson #8 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Noah Dobson hasn’t taken that step yet

Without an obvious Nick Leddy replacement coming in during the offseason, it was clear that the Islanders were hoping Noah Dobson could take that step forward and carry the load (so to speak) when it came to transporting the puck.

Dobson hasn’t yet shown he can take on that responsibility. His ice time shows you that Barry Trotz feels the same way.

Dobson Ice Time This Season

  • Game 1: 20:08
  • Game 2: 20:34
  • Game 3: 16:31
  • Game 4: 19:08
  • Game 5: 20:04
  • Game 6: 14:00

That’s total ice time, and not just at 5on5, just in case you thought that 14:00 from the Isles 2-0 win over Vegas was a mistake. It was not.  So again, it’s clear that Barry Trotz doesn’t fully trust Noah Dobson yet.

Just to be clear this isn’t to say that Noah Dobson is the problem with the Islanders. He isn’t. But he hasn’t taken the step forward that the Islanders have wanted to see so far.

Of course, it’s still early and he can (and hopefully will) become that player. But so far that hasn’t been the case. And why fans are chopping at the bits – already – for Robin Salo.

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