Defenseman Noah Dobson will get a chance in training camp to possibly force the Islanders’ brass into a tough decision.
The Islanders announced on Monday the 12th overall pick in this June’s NHL Draft has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Last season, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Dobson, 18, had 17 goals and a team-leading 52 assists in 67 regular-season games for Acadie-Bathurst (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) before adding three goals and 10 assists in 20 playoff games as Titan won the Memorial Cup for the first time in franchise history.
“I haven’t set a timeline,” the offensive-minded Dobson said in June at the Islanders prospect development camp when asked about his NHL future. “I want to get stronger this summer and come into camp and be able to compete against men and give them a hard decision not to send me back to juniors.”
Dobson was one of the Islanders’ two first-round picks after right wing Oliver Wahlstrom was selected at No. 11. Wahlstrom will be a freshman at Boston College this season and will not be at Islanders’ training camp.