Prized defense prospect Noah Dobson performed well during his first training camp with the Islanders, though he was ultimately returned to his junior hockey team.
That was last year. This year, a more comfortable Dobson, picked 12th overall in 2018, certainly believes he can make the Islanders’ opening night roster.
“I think last camp I was a little nervous and I wasn’t really comfortable and that kind of affected the way I played,” Dobson said this week. “Now, I’m more comfortable and, knowing most of the guys, I feel like I’m just going to go out and play my game that’s got me to where I am today. I’m not going to change anything.”
Dobson’s potential path to the NHL begins on Sunday morning when the Islanders open their four-day prospects’ camp at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow. It culminates in Wednesday night’s rookie game against the Flyers at Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The veterans report for training camp on Thursday and the Islanders’ open their seven-game preseason schedule at Philadelphia on Sept. 16.