Dobson had an assist and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Canucks.
Dobson has picked up helpers in each of his last two outings. The 20-year-old defenseman continues to see mostly sheltered minutes on the Islanders' third pairing. He has seven points, 37 shots and 31 blocked shots through 34 games in his rookie year.
Dobson is expected to replace Johnny Boychuk (face) in the lineup Thursday when the Islanders take on the Senators, Brian Heyman of Newsday reports.
Boychuk needed 90 stitches to fix a skate blade slice to his eyelid Tuesday. Dobson will take his place in the lineup until Boychuk is ready to return to the Islanders, but as of now, no timetable has been set.
Dobson is expected to be a healthy scratch Monday in Arizona, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Coach Barry Trotz seemed to be strongly hinting after the loss to Vegas on Saturday that it might be time for Dobson to sit a game or two in favor of Sebastian Aho. Dobson had a rough game versus Vegas with several giveaways and also took a penalty while the Islanders were on the power play. The Islanders have admitted that they rushed Dobson a bit this season due to injuries and lack of organizational depth on defense, so fantasy owners will need to be patient with the youngster.
Dobson only has one goal and four assists in 28 games so far this season.
Those might concern when you realize Dobson is expected to be an offensive defenseman for the Islanders. The good news is that Dobson does have a zero rating so his defense isn't suffering and the Islanders have admitted that Dobson is only up with the team because of a lack of depth on defense in the organization. Dobson was a healthy scratch most nights before the team lost Adam Pelech (Achilles) for the season. It didn't help any that the only veteran defender they had at the AHL level, Thomas Hickey, has also just returned from injury. Dobson only has one point in his last 10 games but his future is secure with the Islanders and he should only get better the more he plays.
Dobson has played in 11 straight games since the season-ending injury to Adam Pelech (Achilles), Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Before the injury, Dobson had been a healthy scratch more often than not. Over the past 11 games, Dobson has scored his first and only NHL goal and added two assists to go along with a rating of minus-1. Dobson's playing time has run the gamut of just over eight minutes to as much as 20+ minutes per game as coach Barry Trotz tries to determine how best to use his prized defensive prospect. Dobson is a regular defender for now, at least until the Islanders acquire another defenseman via a trade or Thomas Hickey recovers from a lower-body injury and proved he is once again ready to play at the NHL level.
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.
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