Wednesday began with pleasure for William Dufour. It resulted in disappointment, as Dufour made his NHL debut for the Islanders, however didn’t see the ice after the 11:00 mark of the second interval, taking part in simply eight shifts in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins.
The benching got here after Dufour dedicated turnovers main to every of Boston’s first two targets. That was, to a point, the chance the Islanders took in letting the 20-year-old make his debut towards the very best workforce within the league — they usually ended up paying for it.
“I appreciated his first interval,” coach Lane Lambert stated. “I appreciated among the issues he did. He’s an enormous physique. Once more he went to the online arduous. He’ll proceed to be taught and develop from that. That’s what that’s about from that standpoint. In his improvement, he’ll be advantageous.”
Whether or not Dufour, who drew in for Simon Holmstrom, will keep within the lineup on Thursday in Buffalo is an open query. The thought in calling him up was that the big-bodied ahead may add a wanted spark to the offense. At the very least on Wednesday, that didn’t occur, as Dufour completed with simply 6:48 whole ice time.
William Dufour #14 of the New York Islanders skates in his first NHL sport towards the Boston Bruins at UBS Area on January 18, 2023.Getty Photos
Final season, within the Quebec Main Junior League, Dufour scored 56 targets with 60 assists for the Saint John Sea Canine. Over 37 video games with AHL Bridgeport this season, he had 13 targets with 12 assists.
He began Wednesday on the highest line, with Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey, however earlier than lengthy, Anthony Beauvillier was taking part in in that spot as a substitute.
“It’s only a dream come true,” Dufour stated following morning skate.
It would now be extra like a dream delayed.
The Islanders known as up defenseman Dennis Cholowski alongside Dufour. Cholowski drew in for Parker Wotherspoon in his debut with the Islanders as they appeared for a extra offensive answer on the blueline. He skated for 13:58 within the loss.
“I assumed he moved the puck fairly nicely and I assumed he skated nicely,” Lambert stated. “He made some good performs, he did what we introduced him in and requested him to do.”
A primary-round choose of the Pink Wings in 2016, Cholowski signed a two-way take care of the Islanders final summer season after stints with the Capitals and Kraken in 2021-22. Over 35 video games with AHL Bridgeport, Cholowski had 17 assists and not using a objective.