Quinnipiac men's ice hockey's Devon Toews (Abbotsford, British Columbia) was chosen by the New York Islanders in the fourth round of the 2014 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft. Toews, who completed his first season with the Bobcats in 2013-14, was taken with the 108th overall pick of the draft, becoming the second highest drafted player in Quinnipiac history.
"We are very happy for Devon Toews," Bobcats head coach Rand Pecknold said. "Devon was one of the best freshman defenseman in ECAC Hockey this year. We lost 11 seniors from our 2013 Frozen Four team, including four of our top six defensemen, and it was a lot to ask of him to in our top four. He did it and had an amazing freshman season."
Toews saw action in 37 of Quinnipiac's 40 games in 2013-14, totaling a goal and 16 assists for 17 points. The Bobcats' second-highest scoring defenseman, Toews also ranked eighth nationally in freshman defenseman points, and was one of six freshman defenseman in NCAA Division I hockey with 15 or more assists. Toews, at +10, was also one of 15 freshman defenseman in the country with a plus/minus of +10 or higher.
"His main strength is his hockey IQ and his instincts," Pecknold said. "The way he learned and adapted to our level was tremendous."
Toews' first career point came against Holy Cross in a 4-2 victory on Oct. 25 with an assist onKellen Jones' game-tying second period goal. Toews' first career goal came in a 3-3 tie against Providence on Nov. 27. He went on to tally 10 points in his final 16 games of the season.