#53 Noah Dobson, D, Acadie-Bathurst (9/30/17)

vs. Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)

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2018 NHL Draft top prospect Noah Dobson gaps up fellow draft eligible Benoit-Oliver Groulx, puts a stop to his left wing drive, and manages to pressure him into leading the puck out of the offensive zone right after the entry. Groulx’s a thick 6’1” 190 so it’s nice to see Dobson move confidently against him.

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On this play, unlike the last, Dobson can’t handle the overwhelming closing speed of Benoit-Olivier Groulx and gets pressured into a turnover that is righted with the help of his teammates.

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Dobson and Groulx are back at it again, this time with Dobson gapping up just like the first clip. While this is becoming an apparent matchup, keep watching. Dobson has the presence of mind to present himself right after the stop as a breakout option, delays for support, then takes off again in the neutral zone, and then stops himself at center ice and peels off. Very impressive offensive patterning with smart executional instincts.

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This clip is about a minute long showcasing Dobson as a triggerman on the PP. He has a very secure handle on the puck, as the first reception and subsequent body angling for a shot shows.

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Dobson loses the puck initially in the corner boards, but sticks with the play and is able to recover possession. From there, you can see his puck moving ability shine as he accelerates through a check in a dangerous spot behind the net and gains separation. He is able to swiftly hit the center point in his own zone with momentum and head man a crisp pass to his teammate streaking into the offensive zone.

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