Josh Ho-Sang was dynamite when called up to the New York Islanders last year. What will his point production look like in 2017-2018?
In a small sample size, 21 games, Josh Ho-Sang was electric. In the quarter of a season, he saw in the NHL with the New York Islanders he put up 10 points (four goals, six assists). Sure, it’s not exactly elite numbers, but the numbers don’t tell the full story.
Ho-Sang was actually a difference maker for the Islanders down the stretch. They almost made the playoffs, mostly from riding a hot Jaroslav Halak, and Ho-Sang played a role in that.
If you take Ho-Sang’s pace from last year it puts him on pace for 39 points over a full season. So if he plays a full season in 2017-2018 with the Islanders are you taking the over or the under on a 40 point season out of J.H.S.?
The Case For The Over
Simple, he’s been a point producer everywhere he’s been. In the OHL he had over 80 points in each of his three seasons, he had a 60 point pace last year in his first taste in the AHL and he was pretty darn close to a 40 point pace in his first few NHL games.
If he continues to improve and develop like everyone expects him to, why not expect him to put up more points in his first full season in the league?
He’ll be playing on a line, with Brock Nelson and Andrew Ladd two guys who also seem locks for 40 plus points. He can create scoring opportunities for others with his dangerous moves while also being able to finish for himself. He’s clearly a talent and his ceiling is much higher than a 40 point player.
The Case For The Under
A slump maybe? All signs seem to be pointing to Ho-Sang being a real NHL talent, but we have to remember it’s a small sample size. Maybe in his first full year in the league, he’ll struggle through periods putting him below a 40 point pace.
I’m sure people weren’t expecting Ryan Strome to drop off the map like he did after a 50 point season in 2014-2015. Crazier things have happened is all I’ll say.
Josh Ho-Sang is too good for me to feel comfortable taking the under. He may struggle at times during his first full year, but his sheer talent should propel him to at least 40 points if he’s playing on the second line every night.
Regardless of whether or not he hits this plateau, all eyes will be on Ho-Sang as he’s become must watch television every time he’s on the ice, or even more recently off the ice.