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Islanders' Noah Dobson still on a huge learning curve

Noah Dobson of the Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Detroit Red Wings with his teammates at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Credit: Jim McIsaac

January was certainly a momentous month for rookie Noah Dobson.

A season-ending Achilles’ tendon injury to top-pair defenseman Adam Pelech on Jan. 2 thrust Dobson into the Islanders’ lineup on a regular basis. The 12th overall pick in 2018 — ineligible to be assigned to the AHL with Canadian junior hockey eligibility remaining — had seen just spot duty over the first half of the season.