Dobson scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Red Wings.
The Islanders piled on the Red Wings, and the 20-year-old Dobson notched his first NHL goal off a feed from Ryan Pulock. Dobson -- the 12th-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft -- has enjoyed an increase in ice time with Adam Pelech (Achilles) out, as he's averaged 19:19 over the last two games. He was highly productive on offense in juniors, so Dobson's development is worth keeping an eye on for dynasty purposes.
Dobson could be in line for a regular role due to the loss of Adam Pelech (Achilles) for the next 4-6 months, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Since Dobson has been with the Islanders all season and is a top prospect, he would be the logical choice to jump into the lineup. The problem, however, is that Pelech was a left-handed shot, while Dobson is right handed. So inserting him into the lineup would give the Isles four right-handers and only two left-handed shots. Sebastian Aho, who was called up from the AHL on Friday to take Pelech's roster spot, is a left-handed shot. Coach Barry Trotz could opt to insert Aho to keep his pairings balanced.
Dobson was a healthy scratch for the sixth time in seven games Tuesday versus the Capitals.
Dobson has only played in 11 games this season. It would seem obvious that his future would be best served playing every day in the AHL if the Islanders are not going to play him, but several injuries at that level have forced the Islanders to keep Dobson with the team.
Dobson will not be loaned out to play in the World Junior Championship, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
In a perfect world, the Islanders probably would like Dobson to compete in the WJC, but they also need him available to the team should an injury occur. Dobson is the Islanders' seventh defenseman and is usually a healthy scratch come game day unless one of the top six defenders for the team is out. Oliver Wahlstrom will be the lone representative for the team at the tournament.
Dobson played for the first time since Nov. 27 in a 5-1 win over the Lightning on Monday.
Dobson was in the lineup due to the leg injury to Nick Leddy. Whether or not he continues to play will depend on how quickly Leddy heals, who at this point in time is considered to be day-to-day. Dobson didn't register a point or a shot in 9:34 but managed to skate to a plus-2.
Dobson has been a healthy scratch for the last three games for the Islanders.
Dobson is the Islanders' top defensive prospect but has spent quite a bit of time on the bench this season as he has only played in six games. Dobson did play in three straight games earlier this month but that was due to an injury to Nick Leddy. He may yet need another injury to another defender in order to get more consistent playing time. Dobson may be the future of the defense for the Islanders, but that future does not seem to be now.
Dobson (illness) returned to practice Friday.
Dobson has been a healthy scratch for eight of the Islanders' first 11 games, so there's no guarantee that he'll be in the lineup for Friday's game against Tampa Bay, but he'll be available if needed.
Dobson didn't participate in Wednesday's practice due to an illness, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Dobson will have two days to rest up and try and shake off the ailment before the Islanders return to action Friday versus the Lightning. The 2018 first-round pick has skated in just three of the Isles' 11 games this season, totaling one point while averaging 15:02 of ice time.
Dobson is expected to be inserted into the lineup for the Islanders on Friday and/or Sunday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
On Thursday, the Islanders begin a stretch of three games in four days and coach Barry Trotz has stated that he plans on playing everyone currently on the roster in at least one of these games. With Dobson being a healthy scratch once again Thursday, he has now sat for five straight games. Dobson is the Islanders' top prospect and it would seem to be unwise to have him rotting in the press box. If the Islanders aren't going to play him on a regular basis, they will likely have to send him back to the minors, as it does little for his development to sit out of game action.
Dobson is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday against the Oilers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Dobson looked great during preseason play, notching two assists while posting a plus-5 rating in four appearances. The 19-year-old rookie is expected to skate with Nick Leddy on the Islanders' third pairing against Edmonton.
Dobson is not expected to make his NHL debut Sunday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
That's the bad news, but the good news is that he seems to have recovered from whatever cost him the chance to play Friday. It seems the reason Dobson won't play Sunday versus the Jets is that coach Barry Trotz doesn't want to shake up a defense that played well in the 2-1 loss to the Capitals on Friday. If Dobson is indeed a healthy scratch Sunday, his next chance to make his debut will be Tuesday against Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
Dobson (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Friday's regular-season opener against the Capitals, NHL.com's Brian Compton reports.
The Islanders are being extra cautious with Dobson, who is still dealing with a "tweak" he suffered during training camp. The 19-year-old blueliner will set his sights on making his NHL debut Sunday against Winnipeg.
According to coach Barry Trotz, Dobson left Tuesday's practice early due to some "very minor" tightness, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
At this point there's no reason to believe the 19-year-old rookie won't be available for Friday's regular-season opener against Washington. Another update on the 2018 first-round pick should be released once he's cleared to return to practice.
Dobson is still with the Islanders and participated in practice Monday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Dobson didn't play in the final preseason game Saturday, which seemed to indicate that he was going to be cut, but the Islanders instead placed Thomas HIckey on waivers. That move likely means that at the very least, Dobson will open the season with the club. Dobson is the top defensive prospect for the Islanders and impressed the coaching staff during training camp.
Dobson was scratched for the preseason finale versus the Rangers on Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
This was a surprise as Dobson was thought to not only play Saturday but also had a fair shot at making the team out of camp. Coach Barry Trotz stated that he has already seen all he needs out of Dobson to make his decision but didn't let on as to what that decision is. Including Dobson, the Islanders have eight NHL defensemen on their roster, so it may come down to whether or not the team can move one of those defenders in a trade before the season begins in order for Dobson to make the squad.
Dobson will be in contention for a spot on the Islanders' 2019-20 Opening Night roster, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Dobson spent the 2018-19 campaign in the QMJHL, racking up 15 goals and 52 points in 56 games split between the Titan and Huskies. The 2018 first-round pick appears to be NHL ready, but the Islanders currently have a logjam at defense, so he'll have to have a highly impressive showing at training camp in order to earn a spot on the big club's roster. Dobson's outlook for the 2019-20 season will become clearer once New York's camp gets underway next Friday.
Dobson is unlikely to start the season with the Islanders, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Dobson is the top defensive prospect for New York and is probably ready to play in the NHL, but unless the Islanders make a trade or there's an injury in training camp, the fact remains that they already have seven NHL-caliber defenders in camp. Under contract for the Isles are Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield and Devon Toews. That means one of those players will have to be a healthy scratch for every game, and if the team were to add Dobson, two would have to watch from the press box on a nightly basis. There have been rumors for several months that Leddy could be moved via trade. That would not only free up a roster spot, but also alleviate some salary cap issues for the Isles. However, at the moment nothing seems to be close. Dobson could force the issue with a lights out training camp, but in the end, he seems ticketed to begin the season with AHL Bridgeport.
Dobson has been named Most Valuable Player of the 2018-19 QMJHL playoffs.
Dobson and his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated Halifax in six games to win the QMJHL Championship and move on to the Memorial Cup. It will be the second straight season that Dobson will play for the CHL's greatest prize. He won the championship with Acadie-Bathurst in 2017-18. With 27 points in 19 games, Dobson has really found his groove this postseason. The 12th overall selection by the Islanders in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Dobson is just about ready for NHL duty. Expect him to get a long look in training camp.
Dobson racked up three assists to help Rouyn-Noranda to a 4-0 win over Victoriaville and a four-game sweep of its QMJHL quarterfinal playoff series on Thursday.
Dobson and the Huskies were dominant in the brief series, outscoring Victoriaville by a 21-3 margin. Now 10 games into his 2019 postseason, Dobson has already tallied 15 points. The Islanders have had a shockingly successful season, but they are going to need another reliable, minute-eating defender for 2019-20, and Dobson appears ready to fill that role. Expect the 12th overall selection from 2018 to get a long look in training camp.
Dobson notched a power-play assist in Sundays 3-0 preseason win over the Flyers.
The 12th overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft was able to flash his offensive upside with an assist on the powerplay. If the 18-year-old rookie can continue to produce, he may just earn a roster spot on an Islanders team lacking premier defensive talent.
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