During an 11 game losing streak, there really isn't a lot of positives to take away. The New York Islanders are in a free fall and while the team isn't scoring very much, I wanted to take a look at a young player who had his breakout game.
Noah Dobson played his best game as a pro last night and it wasn't really close. He had an impact in this game against the Blackhawks pretty much since the beginning. He was all over the ice, he was physical, and he was skating with confidence which isn't something we see a ton from him.
Just look at this move he put on:
I mean, when have we seen this before from Noah Dobson? We always knew that he had this kind of ability in him but it's not displayed nearly enough but last night was a true coming out party for the Islanders young defenseman.
He was rewarded with a ton of ice time to boot, which is something he doesn't always get. He finished the night leading the way for the Isles with 26:14 and had a game tying goal with just three seconds remaining.
Talk about clutch. Dobson deserved a goal with his performance and man did he get it in a huge spot to at least salvage a point for this team. With Ryan Pulock out, the Isles need more out of Dobson and last night he showed off his true potential.
Scott Mayfield is the only other righty playing for New York right now as they have Sebastian Aho on the off side on the third pair. While the veteran Mayfield was taking two dumb penalties, one of which cost the Isles a goal, Dobson played a clean game in both the offensive and defensive zones.
I hope this is the Noah Dobson that the Islanders are getting for the rest of the year because he took his opportunity and ran with it. I've been critical of Noah Dobson this year, I was expecting more from him early on but last night is exactly what I was hoping we'd see from Dobson in year three.