If team management refuses to make a move to shore up glaring deficiencies in the New York Islanders roster, then it’s going to be up to the Islanders to do this themselves. Recalling Josh Ho-Sang from Bridgeport may be just the spark they need.
Since the day he was drafted in 2014, Joshua Ho-Sang has been a topic of controversy for the New York Islanders. He has all the talent in the world but just can’t seem to put it all together. The Islanders have come to the point where a final decision on Ho-Sang’s future must be made.
Judging by what we’ve heard from the media, it’s Ho-Sang’s behavior, not skills, that have been setting his development back. Doug Weight, Bridgeport head coach Brent Johnson, and New York Islanders GM Garth Snow have all publicly shamed and/or disciplined JHS at one time or another for his “antics”.
For one, his confidence must be shattered. After coming up last year and performing well, it seemed like he didn’t get a fair shake coming into camp this season.
In his limited opportunities this year, Ho-Sang has shown flashes of brilliance. At the very least, he’s shown enough to justify keeping him up with the big club.
Again, it’s likely Ho-Sang’s perceived “attitude issues” that keep putting him in these predicaments. But his talent level is just too high to continue to leave him in Islanders limbo.
, maybe if the Isles didn’t keep sending him back down to Bridgeport and let him find his way at the NHL level, he wouldn’t have such issues! Rant complete. Sorry (not sorry).
What comes next for New York Islanders & Josh Ho-Sang?
The New York Islanders have been lacking production out of their bottom six forwards pretty much all year. Even with Andrew Ladd returning from injury tonight, the Isles need to shake things up. Jason Chimera has been nothing short of awful this season on the fourth line. Chimera will be up on the third line tonight.
We should see some improvement out of Brock Nelson with Andrew Ladd lined up alongside him. That’s what Ladd does. He provides leadership when and where it’s needed. He’s never been an offensively gifted player. Though he produces at decent levels, his value comes from the example he sets for his teammates.
With Andrew Ladd back, it’s time to see Joshua Ho-Sang back up with the New York Islanders. If it were up to me, I’d put him on the fourth line with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. If things mesh well there, that could solve a big problem that’s plagued the Islanders all season; the inactivity of their bottom six.
If the New York Islanders can get some production out of their third and fourth lines, it could give the Islanders a new wrinkle to their already potent offensive arsenal. If Garth Snow would go out and get a veteran defenseman already (!!!), the Islanders could be in store for an eventful second half.