Noah Dobson and Sebastian Aho know the uphill battle they’re going to face when Islanders training camp opens later this week,
The two youngsters will face a crowded group of defensemen vying for spots on the opening night roster. Aho is hoping to make the jump to the NHL after a successful year in Bridgeport and for Dobson, he has to make the roster or go back to juniors.
“That’s definitely been the goal of mine all summer. Everything I’ve done to work towards that trying to make the jump,” Dobson said. “I feel like I had a really good summer. I put on some weight and I got stronger. I feel really confident.
“Obviously now it’s going and having a good camp, and making it a tough decision on them.”
Dobson, the Islanders first-round pick in 2018, had 52 points (15 goals, 37 assists) in 56 games last season in the QMJHL with Acadie-Bathurst and Rouyn-Noranda. And there is a feeling that Dobson could be ready to play in the pros, but with the logjam on defense, it would take a very strong effort in training camp for that to happen.