The New York Islanders have found themselves a quality, young pair in Scott Mayfield and Devon Toews. Here’s why they work so well together.
Devon Toews getting called up to the New York Islanders has been one of the best parts of the 2018-2019 season. He’s been fantastic through 10 games, and you’re beginning to see why so many were high on him as a prospect.
In his first 10 games, he has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and has averaged 17:40 of ice time per night. Despite being on the Islanders third pair, he’s flashing why many think he can be a top-four guy.
It’s not just his flashy skating ability and offense that he brings to the table, he makes people around him better including his partner Scott Mayfield. Mayfield is more of a stay-at-home defenseman while Toews takes chances pinching in on offense.
Today, while talking to Brian Compton, Mayfield said:
“When he skates it up, I tell him to be aggressive. I got you.”
He does have his back, and Toews is able to be the player that makes him so great. According to Natural Stat Trick, Scott Mayfield is much better when he’s paired with Devon Toews.
Without Devon Toews, Scott Mayfield has a 50.05 CF percentage, a 48.4 SF percentage, and a 50.44 SCF percentage. When he’s with Toews those go up to a 53.60 CF percentage, 58.82 SF percentage and a 59.14 SCF percentage.
Mayfield has two points since Toews’ call up, he went the previous eight games without a point.
The Islanders are possessing the puck and creating more scoring chances when those two are together. Toews, still super early in his NHL career, is already making other players around him better.
Before being paired with Devon Toews, Mayfield’s ceiling was likely a decent third pairing defenseman. Now, working with Toews, Mayfield can be a solid second pairing guy. The reason it works so well is because they’re both very different players.
Mayfield is big and uses his size, while Toews uses his speed to blow past people. When Thomas Hickey returns, Leddy – Boychuk, Hickey – Pulock, Toews – Mayfield sounds like a very solid defensive core.