|(4/18/19) Toews was impressive in the Islanders' sweep of the Penguins in the first round of the playoffs. He had two assists, both on the power play, and a rating of plus-2 in the four games versus Pittsburgh.|
Some might have been worried that the rookie would be a deer in headlights playing against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, but that was not the case as Toews and the entire defensive unit of the Islanders played well above expectations. The power-play points are also a telling sign, as Toews should be a mainstay on the team's top power-play unit for the remainder of these playoffs and into next season. With Toews and several top defensive prospects, the Islanders' defense may continue to be one of the best in the NHL for years to come.