Isaiah George making strong impression that could accelerate his Islanders future

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Four years ago, a 19-year-old Noah Dobson came into training camp and left the Islanders with no choice.

The Islanders decided to keep Dobson on the roster because of his age, the NHL-CHL agreement, and their conviction that sending him back to juniors would impede his development.

the first young defenseman for the squad since Mathieu Biron in 1999.

It seems unlikely that Isaiah George will take the same course.

But the fourth-round pick has had such a terrific few weeks that it suddenly appears possible for him to make the roster as soon as next year.

According to Lambert, they both do a great job of moving the puck. Every time I see Isaiah play, I find myself like his game a little bit more. That is also comparable to Noah. We felt the same way about him.

Due to an injury he had early in rookie camp that kept him off the ice, George did not get the chance to make an impression at camp the previous year.

He was a notable performance through rookie camp this time around and has held his own with the NHL group, skating alongside Ryan Pulock, after a year on the top pair for the London Knights.

His preseason debut, which will presumably come early this week — the Islanders have not announced game rosters for their first two preseason matches Tuesday and Wednesday — will be closely watched.