New York Islanders Daily: Josh Ho-Sang Has High Hopes In 2017-2018
By Matt O'Leary
New York Islanders rookie Josh Ho-Sang has high expectations for his team in 2017-2018. He’s confident that they can make some noise this year.
Arguably the most polarizing player of the 2016-2017 season only appeared in 21 games with the New York Islanders. Josh Ho-Sang’s impact on the ice was felt despite only a very short stint with the team. That role is expected to grow in his first full year in the league.
There’s no question, the Islanders improved offensively from last year. Especially with the acquisition of Jordan Eberle. Although, the overall consensus is this team is still just a fringe playoff team.
Well, Ho-Sang has other ideas. Here’s what he told NHL.com in a recent interview:
"“If we can get our foot in the door,” Ho-Sang said, “I think we have the type of team that can go all the way.”“I want to win the Stanley Cup because the fans here deserve it. I want to be one of the best players in the League so people can look at this organization and be like ‘Holy, they have John Tavares, they have Josh Ho-Sang, they have Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy.'”"
Confidence is something Josh Ho-Sang has a lot of. Often times his confidence is confused for arrogance. Before his call-up, I often bought into the arrogance narrative. It was his play on the ice and how he handled himself off the ice that made me change my mind.
Ho-Sang has matured greatly, just since his time with the team. When he says he thinks the team can go all the way that’s Ho-Sang’s confidence flowing, a good quality to have as an athlete.
People looking into this may see arrogance or cockiness, but may I remind you he did not make a guarantee. That’d be a different story, instead, he simply said he thinks his team is capable of winning.
Frankly, I wouldn’t want someone on my team who felt the opposite.
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