Islanders prospect Devon Toews of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers has been named to the 2016-17 AHL All-Rookie Team, it was announced Thursday.
Toews, a defenseman who has played in 71 games this season, leads all AHL rookies with 37 assists.
He was selected by the Islanders in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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The 23-year old Toews might be a little on the 'old' side when you think of the word 'prospect,' but he smartly stayed in school and earned his education while honing his skills at the NCAA level.
What we've seen across the river in Manhattan is that it's a significant jump to the pro game, as Jimmy Vesey of the Rangers could attest, and Toews had two things working against him. One, it was a foregone conclusion he would not make the jump immediately to the big leagues and two, defense is arguably the hardest position in the NHL to learn and master.
Being a fourth round selection takes a little of the pressure off and Toews has responded brilliantly in his first pro season, under the watchful eye of Bridgeport head coach Brent Thompson. After a collegiate career that saw him post 67 points in 108 games, the gifted left-handed shooting blueliner has posted 41 points in 71 games for the Sound Tigers and was their lone representative at the All-Star game.
Scouts call him a late-bloomer and say his skating and hockey sense are superlative, as he uses his stick and positioning extremely well. He's slightly more of an offensive defenseman -- something the Islanders could use with Nick Leddy being the only one capable at the NHL-level of really leading the transition game.