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New York Islanders: 3 Disappointments So Far In 2017-2018 Season

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: New York Islanders players skate in warmups past players children prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Jets 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: New York Islanders players skate in warmups past players children prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Jets 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 25: Josh Ho-Sang /

Disappointment 2: Josh Ho-Sang

Let me clarify, Josh Ho-Sang himself hasn’t been a disappointment. It’s more the handling of him from the organization’s perspective.

From opening night I was concerned about the Islanders development of Ho-Sang. Doug Weight had him as a healthy scratch which was a real head-scratcher at the time.

After six games played the Isles decided to send Ho-Sang back to the AHL. He had four points in those six games so it wasn’t like he didn’t have an impact on the ice. Eventually, after Josh had six points in six games with the Sound Tigers he would be called up again.

With 12 points in 22 games played the Isles elected to once again, send him down. Remember when he was the biggest story in 2016-2017? In 21 games he had 10 points, so he’s been more productive offensively in his second year with two-minutes less ice time per game on average.

The biggest thing for me is why are the Islanders getting the benefit of the doubt when it comes to player development? Time and time again prospects with potential have fizzled out into nothing.

Yet, so many believe Ho-Sang ping-ponging from the AHL to the NHL will be good for him…

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