Interview with New York Islanders Top Prospect: Noah Dobson

Noah Dobson is one of the Islanders’ top prospects after being drafted by the club at the 2018 NHL Draft with the 12th overall pick. Since then, Dobson has played exceptionally well for Team Canada at the World Junior Championships and for Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL. Currently, he has 52 points in 56 games. Also, Dobson has been nominated for the Mike Bossy Award as the best professional prospect in the “Q”. NHL analyst Bob McKenzie referred to Dobson as “found money” because the Islanders were able to snag him where they did. The Battle of New York had the chance to speak with Noah Dobson and ask him a few questions. Islander fans should expect to hear a lot more from the young defenseman in the future.

Who was your favorite player growing up?

“My favorite player growing up was Sidney Crosby. He’s always been a guy I’ve looked up to and that I’ve enjoyed watching.”

What current NHLer do you think your play is most similar to?

“I think my game has a lot of similarities to Alex Pietrangelo of the St. Louis Blues. I think we play a similar style as a two-way puck moving D, he’s a reliable defensively, he can create offense as well. I think he’s the guy that I play most similar to.”

What team did you root for as a kid?

“I cheered for the Penguins as a kid”

What was it like getting drafted by the Islanders?

“Getting drafted by the Islanders was a dream come true, as a kid growing up, you put all that hard work into getting drafted into the NHL. It was a dream come true for sure and I’m really excited to be apart of the Islanders organization.”

What was your opinion of Long Island during your time at rookie camp?

“I really enjoyed it being on Long Island. It’s a really nice place, they got great facilities and a lot of nice people. The whole organization was great at trying to make me comfortable with the new surroundings. I really like it out there and I’m excited to be an Islander.”

What was it like to represent your country at the World Junior Championships?

“It was a dream come true getting to wear the maple leaf, it’s a huge honor. As a kid growing up and watching the World Juniors over Christmas, it was always a goal of mine to play in the World Juniors. It was a huge honor and a dream come true.”

Which fellow Islander did you spend the most time with at rookie camp?

“I spent a lot of time with a lot of different guys. I had another guy from Prince Edward Island with me in Ryan MacKinnon who is in the organization as well, so we were hanging out a bit. I spent a lot of time with him because I knew him before going into camp.”

What other prospect impressed you the most?

“There’s so many great prospects that I got a chance to know. I think Oliver Wahlstrom, we got drafted back-to-back to the NHL and in development camp, I got to know him personally and as a player.”

When do you expect to make the jump to the NHL?

“I think I haven’t really put a time frame on it, but obviously I want to get there. I was sent back down this season and I’ve had a good year. I’m looking forward to having a big summer and make a big jump next year. Hopefully, I can make the roster next October.”

Have you been following the Islanders this season?

“I’ve been following them quite a bit. I’ve been watching their games and obviously, they’ve been having a tremendous season. They’ve been a really fun team to watch and follow.”

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