Pretty much from the 13 game road trip to start the year onward, it's been a lost season for the New York Islanders. They dug themselves too big of a hole and too many things broke wrong for this team in 2022.
One of the things that didn't go wrong though is Noah Dobson. In Fact, his play since December 4 has been downright insane. In 35 games he has 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists). For some context, that's an 82 game pace of 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists).
There have been very few defenseman to play as well as he has over this stretch of 35 games, and it caught the attention of Kevin Weekes of ESPN.
That is some insanely high praise for Noah Dobson. Makar, who is one year older than Noah Dobson has been on fire since entering the league putting up 157 points in 154 career games from the blue line.
I mean, Makar already has 20 goals on the season as a defenseman, that's wild! For Weekes to even mention Noah Dobson in the same breath is a great sign. Heck, you know what, if Dobby is 75 percent the player that Cale Makar is I'd be happy.
I doubt we ever see Dobson turn into a point per game player, I mean it's certainly possible and I'm rooting for it but to have that be the expectation is a bit much. If he's giving you 50+ points and 15 or so goals in a season, I think you'd sign up for that in a second.
Ironically, this year started out pretty poorly for Dobson. He even found himself as a healthy scratch (and for good reason) earlier in the year but over the last three months, his game has taken a massive step forward.