New York Islanders: Josh Ho-Sang Scores In First Game Back In NHL
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders had to call up Josh Ho-Sang on an emergency loan from Bridgeport due to injury. He produced in his first game back.
Josh Ho-Sang’s play early on this year yielded him a trip to the AHL. Doug Weight and the New York Islanders were clearly upset with Ho-Sang when the Islanders played the Rangers as he cut his ice time dramatically in the third period of that game.
In six games with the Sound Tigers Ho-Sang tallied six points. It came as no surprise to see Ho-Sang produce in the AHL.
When Nikolai Kulemin and Anthony Beauvillier got hurt this week they were forced to make an emergency recall. Thankfully, the Islanders made a smart choice to get Josh Ho-Sang back with the big club.
Well, in his first game back this happened:
In his seventh game with the Islanders this year Ho-Sang was able to score his first goal of the 2017-2018 season. In seven games with the club, Ho-Sang has a very productive five points.
Counting last year’s games, Josh has 15 points in 28 career games a pace of 44 points over a full season. Yet, for some reason, the Islanders organization and some fans too still aren’t sold on Ho-Sang.
I don’t know about you guys but I want as many 40 plus point players in the lineup. If the Isles elected to use Ho-Sang every night on the third line they would have eight forwards who should finish the year with more than 40 points. Eight!
Running Jason Chimera out their for “veteran experience” is a fallacy. Frankly, using experience as the sole argument to keep someone in the lineup is crazy.
Give me the guy who is producing ten times out of ten. Jason Chimera isn’t going to make anyone around him better, but Ho-Sang can. I’ll take the long shifts, turnovers and any other baggage that comes along with Ho-Sang.
The truth is the Islanders are better with him in the lineup, and it didn’t surprise me one bit that he produced in his return.