At the time, both Joshua Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle had played with the Islanders, and Toews seemed to be the next man up.
Toews was expected to make the team out of rookie camp, but didn’t due to concern of his shoulder, which he injured last season and had to have surgery to repair it.
But when Thomas Hickey got injured, Toews was called up to fill his space, and Toews has done just that.
Since Toews has played with the team, the Islanders have been rolling. The Isles sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division, and are 6th place in the league, one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toews has been an offensive force. He has five points in fifteen games played. Toews has tied the Isles d-core lead with three goals in his short time playing here. He is also a +9, which is an overused stat, but it does show how he is on the ice when the Isles score more often than not. He has played 18 minutes plus in the past five games and is earning himself more ice time.
Devon Toews has shown why Garth Snow and Lou Lamoriello were so high on him. The fourth-round pick from Quinnipiac has shown that he is the real deal.