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New York Islanders Send Josh Ho-Sang To Bridgeport

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Ho-Sang
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Ho-Sang
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The New York Islanders have sent Josh Ho-Sang down to Bridgeport today, this coming after a poor game against Dallas and Columbus.

After back to back losses, the New York Islanders decided to make a roster move. They decided to send Josh Ho-Sang down to Bridgeport after his performance, or in their eyes lack thereof, in recent games.

Just yesterday, not even 24-hours ago, I wrote how the Islanders should keep Josh Ho-Sang up in the lineup and have him push through the ups and downs of a rookie season at the NHL level.

The Islanders organization obviously thinks differently and the move seemed imminent after Doug Weight’s postgame quotes:

Looking at this from the forward’s point of view Weight is clearly talking about the third line. The combination of Beauvillier – Nelson – Ho-Sang hasn’t been good enough as a unit. That’s why Cizikas played some time on the third line last night.

But, of those three guys mentioned above Ho-Sang has been the most productive. In 22 games Ho-Sang (12) has the same amount of points as Brock Nelson (12) who has played in all 32 games for the Islanders.

As for Anthony Beauvillier who was a scratch last night, he’s got six points in 26 games. Ho-Sang isn’t playing with the most productive offensive players at the momentum. So, when he tries to make plays happen and turns the puck over people go nuts.

Josh Bailey, John Tavares and Mathew Barzal are the top-3 in Islanders with giveaways. It’s because the three of them and Ho-Sang are considered playmakers. They look to set other people up.

The difference between those three and Ho-Sang is who they’re playing with. Tavares and Bailey have one of the best goal scorers in the league in Anders Lee. Maty B has Jordan Eberle on his line.

Ho-Sang has Brock Nelson who currently looks like he’s frozen in carbonite and Anthony Beauvillier who we know doesn’t give you much offense.

Why this also bothers is me is because Ho-Sang has already mastered the AHL level so he isn’t going to get any better down there. The only way he improves at the NHL level is by playing with the big club.

He’s held his own, sure he hasn’t been as impressive as Mathew Barzal but Ho-Sang has been a fine middle-six forward. Trust me, Josh Ho-Sang is not the problem with this team.

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Also, why are the Islanders getting the benefit of the doubt here with their choice in Josh Ho-Sang development? They have a history stunting growth, so why anyone is supporting their decision here doesn’t make much sense.

Hopefully, we see Ho-Sang back with the big club sooner rather than later. #FreeHoSang

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