The New York Islanders have some talented prospects in the wings, Josh Ho-Sang is one of them and he burst onto the scene in 2016-2017.
Welcome back to our “Where they at” segment. Today we will be talking about Josh Ho-Sang and his impact on the New York Islanders.
Ho-Sang was drafted by the Isles in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft. He was looked at as extremely talented but struggled with off the ice issues. Those issues followed him when he initially joined the Isles.
In his first training camp, there was the infamous alarm clock incident. A quick recap for those who may not remember, he overslept and missed the first day of camp and was promptly sent away. Many believed the poor narrative would continue, but Ho-Sang was nothing but a model citizen when called up.
Ho-Sang was called up in the beginning of March and his impact was certainly felt right away. The team was struggling, but Ho-Sang made the team must watch material.
His first NHL goal came in Edmonton:
He finished his first NHL action playing in 21 games for the team and with a stat line of four goals and six assists for 10 points. That’s a pace of 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points over 82 games, which isn’t too shabby for a 21-year old getting his first action in the league.
His numbers were solid but it wasn’t anything that was yielding national attention. His jersey number got national attention but that’s a story for another day. But, if you watched on a consistent basis he was electrifying every time he touched the puck.
His speed and playmaking abilities were put on display over his 21 game stretch. There were noticeable rookie lapses, mostly on defense, but growing pains are expected and the good outweighed the bad by far so the Islanders lived with it.
Expect Ho-Sang to absolutely make the roster in 2017-2018 and play a large role in the offense. As I said before he was on pace for a 39 point season over 82 games. I don’t want to give away my prediction for him just yet but let’s just say expect more than 39 points if Ho-Sang is healthy and playing every day.
So far he seems to be worth the “risk” that the Islanders took on him. Oh yeah, and he should keep the number 66 it has a nice ring to it.