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Still no timetable for Noah Dobson's return to Islanders from COVID-19 list

Noah Dobson #8 of the Islanders skates against the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum on Sunday, Mar. 7, 2021. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Monday marked nine straight days on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list for Noah Dobson, with no timetable for the defenseman to return to the Islanders’ lineup.

But there will be question marks for the 20-year-old Dobson even when he is eventually cleared.

Long-term data on the effects of the disease is still being compiled. The Islanders are not able to publicly confirm whether Dobson tested positive but that seems clear by this point.

"Yeah, you’re right, we don’t know enough about it," coach Barry Trotz said.