Devon Toews
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Devon Toews

Hometown:

Aldergrove British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-02-21

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

4th round (108th overall), 2014

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Devon Toews played for the Fraser Valley Bruins midget major team in British Columbia and skated for the Yale Secondary School Lions. In 39 games for the Bruins he scored 2 goals with 5 assists and 60 penalty minutes. Toews scored 2 goals with 9 assists in the regular season for Yale and had 3 goals with 8 assists and 2 penalty minutes in three playoff games.

2010-11: Toews made his junior A hockey debut as a 16-year old — appearing in five regular season games and 13 playoff contests with the Abbotsford Pilots — and shared the scoring lead for the midget AAA Fraser Valley Thunderbirds with forward Austin Ferguson. In 18 games with the Pilots he scored 2 goals with 6 assists and 2 penalty minutes. Toews scored 12 goals with 25 assists and had 52 penalty minutes in 39 games for Fraser Valley.

2011-12: Toews skated for the Surrey Eagles in the British Columbia Hockey League and was named to the All-Rookie team. He scored 7 goals with 22 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games. Surrey finished second in the Coastal Conference and reached the second round in the playoffs. Toews scored 5 goals with 7 assists and 15 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. In December he committed to playing college hockey at Quinnipiac in 2013-14.

2012-13: Toews was one of the BCHL’s top offensive defenseman in his second season with Surrey as the Eagles won the BCHL and Western Canada Cup championships and reached the semifinals of the RBC Cup (Canadian junior A championship). He scored 10 goals with 37 assists and 55 penalty minutes in 48 regular season games and had 9 assists with 10 penalty minutes in 17 BCHL playoff games. Toews had 6 assists and 6 penalty minutes in five Western Canada Cup games and scored 1 goal with 6 assists and 6 penalty minutes in five games at the RBC Cup. Surrey lost to the host Summerside Western Capitals 3-2 in overtime in the RBC Cup semifinals.

 2013-14: Toews made a smooth transaction to college hockey as a freshman — skating in 37 of 40 games for Quinnipiac and finishing second in scoring to senior Zach Tolkinen amongst Bobcats defensemen. Toews scored 1 goal with 16 assists and was plus-10 with 10 penalty minutes. After finishing third in ECAC Hockey in the regular season, Quinnipiac lost 3-2 in double overtime to Colgate in the conference tournament semifinals and lost to Providence, 4-0, in the NCAA East Regional tournament. In his third year of draft eligibility Toews was selected by the Islanders in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Talent Analysis

Toews is a bit of a late bloomer and is a slightly undersized by NHL standards but plays bigger than his size. He has a great stick and uses positioning to keep opponents in check. Toews is still developing his overall game and is a character player. He provides play-making from the blueline and his offensive numbers in junior hockey suggest his production could increase as he matures at the NCAA level.

Future

Toews is in his sophomore season at Quinnipiac University in 2014-15. Expected to take a bigger role for the Bobcats with the graduation of six seniors including top scoring defenseman Zach Tolkinen — and junior Bryce Van Brabant's decision to forego his senior season to play pro hockey — Toews has been a force on both ends of the ice as Quinnipiac is again challenging for the top spot in ECAC Hockey. With several elite defensemen in the Islanders pipeline Toews will have his work cut out for him to challenge for a spot when he graduates. On the plus side he has two more seasons after this year to continue to develop before New York must decide whether to sign him to an NHL entry-level contract.

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