CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Summerside’s Noah Dobson and Charlottetown’s Ross Johnston can now add the National Hockey League (NHL) to their resume. The pair of PEI-natives were confirmed on the New York Islanders Opening Day Roster which was announced Wednesday evening.
DOBSON – The 19-year-old defenceman and two-time Memorial Cup champion was officially confirmed as one of the 23-players listed on the New York Islanders’ opening night roster on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, September 30th, the Islanders announced veteran defenceman Thomas Hickey would be placed on waivers and join the Sound Tigers of the AHL if he cleared. Hickey played his entire 449-game career with the Islanders recording 115 points over that span. With the move of Hickey, things started to appear clear for the Islanders’ plan with rookie defenceman Noah Dobson. While General Manager Lou Lamoriello did not officially say that Dobson would be included on the 23-man roster on Tuesday, he did mention that the 19-year-old had made a very “positive impression”. Head Coach Barry Trotz was quoted: “With Dobson organizationally, it’s not where he is right now, it’s where is he going to be six months from now, or a year from now. The vision for him is pretty clear in terms of what we think of him. He’s had an excellent training camp. He maybe had one bad game where I think he could have been a little better, but for the most part he was one of the better guys. Through training camp he’s given us no reason to think he can’t handle the workload.”
On Wednesday it all became official for the 2018 first rounder and 12th overall pick by the Islanders that he would join the team out of main training camp.
Dobson, a product of Summerside and Area Minor Hockey Association and a graduate of Hockey PEI’s High Performance Program had a very successful 2018-2019 season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He recorded 52 points (15G, 37A) in 56 regular season games between the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies while adding another 29 points (8G, 21A) in the postseason for the Huskies. He has also won back-to-back President Cup and Memorial Cup Championships while picking up Playoff MVP honours in 2019.
With the announcement of today’s roster, the New York Islanders now have nine games to evaluate Dobson before triggering the first year of his entry-level deal.
JOHNSTON – A 25-year-old, 6’5”, 235lbs left-winger is a product of Sherwood Minor Hockey Association prior to spending a short stint with the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Hockey League. Ross quickly moved up to the QMJHL and played the better part of four (4) seasons in the league. Ross had his first taste of professional hockey in 2014-2015 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL) and then continued his career primarily in the AHL before signing a 4-year deal with the New York Islanders in 2018. In 42 career NHL games he has a total of ten (10) points (4G, 6A) along with eighty-nine (89) penalty minutes.
Johnston is a former assistant captain of the hometown Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL where he recorded 32 points in 44 games to go along with 124 penalty minutes in 2014-2015.
The New York Islanders will open their season at home versus the Washington Capitals on Friday, October 4th. (Link to full roster can be found HERE)
Hockey PEI congratulates both Noah and Ross on this accomplishment and wishes them the best of luck for the 2019-20 season!
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