Devon Toews will make his NHL debut on Sunday night. Toews, 24, is a left-handed defenseman from Abbotsford, BC, drafted by the Islanders in 2014 (R4, P108). Get to know Toews in the latest edition of 7 Facts.
1. HE WAS AN OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN IN BRIDGEPORT:
Toews recorded 86 points (18G, 68A) in 130 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from 2016-18. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Toews is the fourth-highest scoring Sound Tiger and first among defensemen. Toews' numbers mirror Josh Ho-Sang's (126 GP, 20G, 69A, 89P), which speak to his offensive capabilities.
Toews' career-high was 45 points (5G, 40A) in his rookie year, though his points-per-game totals were higher in an injury-shortened 2017-18, as well as this season.
2. HE WAS AN AHL ALL-STAR/ALL-ROOKIE:
Toews burst onto the AHL scene in 2016-17, being named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic as well as the 2017 AHL All-Rookie Team.
3. HE PLAYED COLLEGE HOCKEY AT QUINNIPIAC:
Toews played three seasons for the Quinnipiac Bobcats (2013-16). Toews racked up 67 points (12G, 55A) in 108 games.
Toews won an ECAC title with Quinnipiac in 2015-16 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in all three of his collegiate seasons. The defenseman made the ECAC Second All-Star Team in 2016.
He majored in accounting at school.
4. HE'S A GREAT SKATER - AND FAST:
Toews' best attribute is his skating and ability to rush the puck up the ice. Toews won the CCM Fastest Skater event at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, ripping around the rink in 13.478 seconds.
5. HE WILL WEAR NUMBER 25:
Toews will be the 20th player to wear the number 25 for the New York Islanders. The number was previously worn by the likes of Mariusz Czerkawski and most recently by Jason Chimera.
6. HE IS NOT RELATED TO JONATHAN TOEWS:
Or David Toews. He's gotten that a lot.
7. IT'S PRONOUNCED deh-VAHN TAYVS
Not dEH - vihn . Thanks to Brendan Burke for that one.