The New York Islanders have gotten limited production from the blue line this year. There’s one easy way to fix that problem and that’s calling up Devon Toews.
Scott Mayfield is leading the New York Islanders in production with seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 15 games. That’s a scoring pace of 38 points over a full season, which is a good number for Mayfield, it’s just that with Nick Leddy and Ryan Pulock you’d expect to have more production from the blue line.
As Arthur Staple pointed out if you combine Scott Mayfield, Adam Pelech, and Ryan Pulock’s numbers they combine for 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists). Those are the three top scoring defensemen on the team.
In the AHL, with two more points yesterday, Devon Toews now has 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 16 games. He’s at a point per game pace in the AHL with a pretty large sample size. How is he not on the roster?
This isn’t the first year that Toews has been effective at the AHL level either. Last year before getting hurt he has 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) in 30 games and in 2016-2017 he had 45 points (5 goals, 40 assists) in 76 games.
There’s no way to convince me that Luca Sbisa, Adam Pelech, and Scott Mayfield are more deserving of a roster spot than Devon Toews. In an ideal world, Sbisa isn’t on the roster, Mayfield/Pelech are the sixth/seventh d-man and Toews plays on a regular basis.
If the Isles defense continues to struggle, you’d have to think that Toews will get the call.
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