The New York Islanders haven't seen a 50-point defenseman since before John Tavares took his first strides in the NHL. Mark Streit hit 56 points in 2008-09 with 16 goals and 40 helpers.
Before Streit, it was Malakhov in 1993-94 when he hit ten goals and 47 helpers for 57 points. That's two 50 point defensemen in almost thirty years (28 to be precise). So we Islanders fans don't see too many of these guys.
Cue up Noah Dobson and his 2021-22 season.
New York Islanders Noah Dobson hits milestone
Already on 13 goals and 48 points through game 80 of the regular season, Noah Dobson had two games to hit that 50-point milestone. Obviously, hitting it would be possible, but would it go down to the wire?
No. Not at all. It took him 15 minutes in game 81 to hit 50 points.
At 10:48 Dobson gets a secondary assist on Brock Nelson's 37th goal of the year and 11th on the power play. That put him to 49. He followed that up less than five minutes later when he got yet another secondary assist on Anders Lee's 28th goal of the year. Again, an assist on the power play for Dobson to put him at 50 on the year.
Fifty points in one year. For a defenseman. On the Island! Incredible. And he's only just turned 22 in January. Something that can't be forgotten. He's only the second Islanders defenseman 22 or younger to hit 49 or more points. The other guy was Denis Potvin. Thanks Joe Pantorno for that stat.
Hitting 50 on a year when the Islanders sit near the bottom of the NHL for goals scored is quite impressive. And for such a young man too. There's more to his game than we're seeing right now. And I, like you, can't wait to see what's next for him.