Remarkable early season rise of Noah Dobson

noah_dobson(Bathurst, NB) – In the opinion of many, Dobson, 6’3 “and 178lb, could even drill the first-round selections.

“He has an incredible start to the season,” said Titan head coach Mario Pouliot in an interview with TVA Sports. He came back from the Ivan-Hlinka tournament with an incredible amount of confidence.

At age 17, Prince Edward Island’s hope, with 17 assists in 22 games since the start of the season, already looks like a veteran.

“Just last year, at 16, he was already so calm with the puck,” said Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, captain of the Titan. You do not need to ask him the puck, you just play and he’ll find you on the ice.

“Every day, he impresses me, to increase his teammate Antoine Morand. He’s a bit of a shadow, but he’s going to be a player. ”

Dobson is already compared to great defenders who have been educated in the QMJHL in the past.

“It makes me think of a Thomas Chabot (formerly of the Saint John Sea Dogs today in the Ottawa Senators organization), in the same offensive style,” said Morand. He’s skating so well. ”

“He has an unshakable confidence with the puck and his skating shot is very, very fluid,” Pouliot corroborated. He does not need any effort to move forward. It takes a lot of minutes and its sense of play is developed. He’s our best player and he’s very, very impressive. ”

In the mold of Erik Karlsson

Dobson’s inspiration: Senators captain Erik Karlsson, double winner of the Norris Trophy and best offensive defenseman in the NHL.

“His playoff performance last year was pretty incredible,” Dobson said. I love to watch him play. ”

Last year, Dobson finished the QMJHL season with a +34 differential, the best among rookies on the circuit.

“He has a very good anticipation, both offensively and defensively, added the Titan coach. And his decisions that he takes on the ice … When go to support the attack, when not to go in relation to the score and the duration of its presence on the ice.

“For me, it’s a guy who will improve a lot because he is not yet physically mature.”

Dobson’s sixth pick in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft is a combination of individual goals and honors. collective. He is aware that long runs this spring with the Titan would be beneficial.

“The further you go in the playoffs, the more important the matches are, and the more experience you have in your career.”

Article courtesy of TVA Sports