Noah Dobson

New York Islanders
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Fantasy Summary

Smooth-skating, minute-muncher. He has the potential to be a top pairing, two-way defenseman with size.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.8
NHL Certainty 9.7
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 7, 2000
Height 6‘4”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 12

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 PEI Rocket (Peewee) QC Int PW 6 4 6 10 4 |          
 2012-2013 Team PEI U14 (ACC) ACC-U14 4 1 1 2 2 |          
 2013-2014 Team PEI U15 (ACC) ACC-U15 4 0 2 2 2 |          
  Summerside Capitals Bantam AAA PEIBAAA 29 14 17 31 6 | Playoffs 6 1 5 6
 2014-2015 Team PEI CWG 6 4 4 8 6 |          
  Team PEI U15 (ACC) ACC-U15 5 1 1 2 10 |          
  Bishop's College School Varsity CAHS - - - - - |          
 2015-2016 RB Hockey Academy U18 RBHRC U18 24 3 13 16 16 |          
  RB Hockey Juniors RBHS U20 11 1 1 2 0 | Playoffs 4 1 0 1
  Team Prince Edward Island QGC-16 5 0 0 0 2 |          
  RB Hockey Academy U18 RBHRC-Int. U18 18 1 13 14 12 |          
  RB Hockey Juniors RBS Elite Jr. A 9 1 1 2 4 |          
 2016-2017 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 63 7 19 26 40 | Playoffs 11 0 5 5
  Canada Red U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 2 |          
 2017-2018 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 67 17 52 69 52 | Playoffs 20 3 10 13 24 
  Acadie-Bathurst Titan M-Cup 4 2 5 7 4 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 0 3 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 28 9 7 16 36 |          
  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 28 6 30 36 24 | Playoffs 20 8 21 29 20 
  Rouyn-Noranda Huskies M-Cup 5 1 2 3 4 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 5 1 0 1 2 |          
 2019-2020 New York Islanders NHL 6 0 2 2 0 |          

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