New York Islanders Daily: Misleading Josh Ho-Sang Rhetoric

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Joshua Ho-Sang
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Joshua Ho-Sang /

The New York Islanders are getting a lot of offensive production, from their top six. Many would like to see more from Josh Ho-Sang.

In 2016-2017 Josh Ho-Sang was a huge talking point for the New York Islanders. In just 21 games with the team, he won over the fans with electricity and playmaking abilities on the ice. He showed off his speed and produced 10 points in those 21 games.

Although this year many want more out of Josh Ho-Sang including the coaching staff. It’s pretty obvious the organization hasn’t been happy with him this year. He was a scratch on opening night and also got sent down to the AHL after Doug Weight significantly cut his ice time.

Even fans have begun to call out Ho-Sang for not doing enough. The reality though is Ho-Sang is producing to a similar level that he did last year. When everyone sang his praises.

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Ho-Sang has played 10 games this year, so for argument sake, we will just double his current stats to compare them to his last year’s season.

He’s got six points this year, putting him on pace for 12 points, two more than last season, if he played the same amount of games as he did last year.  He’s only got two penalty minutes so far, he had 12 last year, so he’s on pace for significantly fewer penalty minutes.

He’s producing almost the same exact amount of shots. He’s got 11 shots so far, putting him on par for last year’s numbers with about a shot per game. The one everyone loves to talk about is turnovers.

Well, Ho-Sang isn’t on pace for any more turnovers than he was last year. He has nine giveaways so far, while last year he had 20. Nobody talked about the turnovers then, why is it such an issue now?

His numbers really aren’t too far off from what he was doing last year. Just let the kid play, and don’t worry about the offense right now. They’re third in the league in scoring. Ho-Sang will have some growing pains along the way, but he’s a talented kid. There’s no need to worry about him.

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