Smooth-skating, minute-muncher. He has the potential to be a top-pairing, two-way defenseman with size.
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September 2020 – He didn’t make a post-season appearance until the Isles’ final game of the season, but Dobson seemed to have the confidence of Barry Trotz as a seventh blueliner. He gained invaluable playoff experience. The lanky (6-4, 183-pound) former junior star has a bright NHL future, although he might be broken in slowly on a veteran-heavy roster. GM Lou Lamoriello will have to make room for him. Mark Allan
September 2020 – Adam Pelech’s unavailability due to injury led to Dobson’s first NHL post-season appearance though the Isles were eliminated 2-1 in OT. Playing a respectable 17 shifts and 12:55 minutes as a seventh defenseman, the lanky 20-year-old looked slightly tentative at times on defense, but showed good offensive instincts. He even threw three hits as the Isles dominated the Lightning 62-40 in that category. Mark Allan
August 2020 – Injured Johnny Boychuk remains out of the lineup through three games of the best-of-seven with the Capitals, and so does Dobson. One of 10 defensemen on the Islanders’ post-season roster, the team’s prized young blueliner could only watch as veteran Andy Greene took Boychuk’s spot in the lineup. The team is up 3-0 on Washington and it’s extremely unlikely coach Barry Trotz will find a spot for a rookie unless his blueline is beset by several injuries. Mark Allan
August 2020 – The Islanders’ prized young blueliner is still waiting for his first NHL post-season action. Based on a four-game, first-round defeat of the Panthers in which Dobson saw the ice only in practice, he might need an injury beyond Johnny Boychuk’s to enter a game. Mark Allan
July 2020 – As expected, Dobson is one of 10 blueliners on the Islanders’ playoff roster. Chemistry with recently acquired veteran Andy Greene might even land the outstanding prospect some top-six playing time in his NHL playoff baptism. Mark Allan
July 2020 – Although he struggled mightily early in his NHL baptism, the strapping former first-rounder showed signs of improvement. Even more promising, he’s been looking strong in training camp with veteran Andy Greene. Coach Barry Trotz must pare his roster from 34 to 31 before the squad leaves for its bubble in Toronto. Dobson, who embodies a complete package of size, skill, smarts and competitiveness, is virtually guaranteed a spot, and is a good bet to force his way into the top six. All this is invaluable experience for the 20-year-old. Mark Allan
July 2020 – Dobson is in Group One at training camp with fellow blueliners Andy Greene, Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock. Group One blanked Group Two 2-0 in the first scrimmage of training camp. Mark Allan
June 2020 – Dobson is among a group of six Islanders participating in small-group workouts at the team’s practice headquarters at Northwell Health Ice Center on Long Island. In response to the pandemic, the NHL decreed that players work out in groups of no more than six. Phase 2 workouts allowing non-contact skating at team facilities started June 8. NHL training camps in Phase 3 are scheduled to begin July 10, assuming medical conditions allow it and the league reaches an agreement with the players’ union about resuming play. Dobson is undoubtedly hoping to finish strongly to offset the disappointment of a dismal big-league initiation. Mark Allan
May 2020 – Enduring an unexpectedly awful NHL baptism when pressed into NHL service before he was ready, the talented 20-year-old did register two assists in the team’s final four games before the season was suspended. He notched a helper and was plus-2 in a 5-4 loss March 11 in Vancouver, but he got just 17 shifts and 11:59 of playing time, none of it on special teams. When play resumes, he might learn some things from veteran third-pairing mate Andy Greene. If he has used the break to rejuvenate mentally and physically, he might start to show why he was drafted 12th overall. Mark Allan
February 2020 – Described by GM Lou Lamoriello as “a complete player” with “offensive and defensive skills,” Dobson isn’t getting a chance to demonstrate that these days. The rangy 6-4 blueliner, drafted 12th overall due to a complete package of size, skill and smarts, was rushed to the big time after top-pair stalwart Adam Pelech was lost for the rest of the campaign. Coach Barry Trotz has opted instead for the less-talented but more-reliable Sebastian Aho, and Dobson was a health scratch for a 4-1 win over San Jose. That won’t help the former QMJHL star improve upon a mere goal and four assists in 30 games, averaging 13:24 with 1:01 of PP ice time. At 20 with two more schedules on his entry-level contract, Dobson is too good to keep being this bad. Mark Allan
January 2020 – Noah Dobson is playing well with the New York Islanders considering the circumstances. The defenceman has a goal and four assists through 22 games this year while playing just 13:13 a night. His underlying stats are good, and his real offensive potential will come to fruition once he is provided with more significant ice-time. Naftali Clinton
December 2018 – Hockey Canada unveiled its 2019 IIHF World Junior selection camp roster this past week, and the New York Islanders’ 12th overall selection from the 2018 entry draft was among the 34 players invited. The final roster is expected to be named on December 14th followed by three preliminary matches which conclude on the 23rd. Dobson is among 12 other defenseman vying for a spot. Jesse Sherman
June 2018 – Noah Dobson had a terrific season and led the Acadie-Bathurst Titan to a Memorial Cup. His performance there helped move him up the draft rankings as high as the second overall ranked defensemen in his draft. However, he managed to slide on draft day down to the 12th overall spot where the New York Islanders found one of the better value picks in the draft. He will need a year or two before he is in the NHL in all likelihood but he does have a very hight ceiling and could be a future number one for the Islanders. Peter Harling
June 2018 – The draft’s biggest riser finished his season with a bang. The smooth-skating, right-shot defender led his Acadie-Bathurst squad to a Memorial Cup victory. He was the heart and soul of the team while also piling up the points at a rapid pace. He finished the QMJHL playoffs with three goals and 13 points in 20 games but increased his level of play during the big dance. He finished tied for third in tournament points with two goals and seven points in four games. Dobson is considered a lock for the top 10 and could even find himself vying for as high as third overall when things shake out in Dallas this month. He has all the tools to be an impact defender in the NHL. Cam Robinson
March 2018 – Dobson is this year’s big riser. After a good, but not a great rookie season in the QMJHL with Acadie-Bathurst posting 26 points in 63 games, Dobson has had a breakout draft year with 14 goals and 59 points in 60 games. He started the year with a good showing for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka and was one of the most impressive players more recently at the CHL Top Prospects game.
This draft is heavy on defensemen but the majority is on the small side. Dobson has some size at 6-3, albeit he still needs to add some bulk to his 179 pound frame. Dobson does not give up any skill as he has a tremendous outlet passing ability, distributes the puck extremely well, and has an accurate shot. Skating is far from a liability as he has strong edge work, gap control and can accelerate quickly to a high-end top gear. All things being equal scouts and GMs will prefer the player with size and that should bode well for Dobson on draft day.
Dobson still needs to add some strength, and can work on the power in his shot as well as developing his physical game. All these needs can easily be addressed with development and strength training. Peter Harling