New York Islanders rookie Josh Ho-Sang is an offensive dynamo for his club. But he’s also got an edge to his game. An edge he’s not afraid to show when his teammate takes a salty hit from behind.
If you thought you knew everything about New York Islanders rookie Josh Ho-Sang you’d be wrong. Very wrong. Did you know that Ho-Sang has no problem sticking up for a teammate?
It’s not that we thought Ho-Sang would never stand up for another player. All players would. It’s that we weren’t sure if he’d get right in there against some big opposition players. We all know Scott Mayfield would and could. But Ho-Sang?
Be honest. That wasn’t what we expected of Ho-Sang now, is it?
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The Ho-Sang Dust-Up
But low-and-behold. On the New York Islanders last 2017 preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers he did just that. He mixed it up with Brandon Manning and Radko Gudas. At the same time.
The tale of the tape the physical disadvantage here. Manning is 6’1″ and weighs 205lbs. While Radkos Gudas is an inch shorter and a pound lighter, his mean streak adds a whole other dimension to his game.
Josh Ho-Sang meanwhile stands at 6’0″ so he can at least look ’em in the eyes. But his slight 173 lbs frame shows a super middleweight against two heavyweights, literally. I looked it up.
Now, will that warn the Flyers to ease off their players? No. There’s no way Manning went back to the bench and told his crew: “look out boys”. That didn’t happen. If anything it upped the physicality in the game.
What it did do was have an impression on his coach.
Ho-Sang still got on the score sheet with a secondary assist on Anders Lee’s goal. But overall it was a quiet game from the normally loud individual. Getting into it with Manning showed that he wasn’t dialing it in on the night.