The New York Islanders affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers have buried Josh Ho-Sang on the fourth line for their game today.
If you’re a frequent reader of the site you know how we feel about Josh Ho-Sang. While the New York Islanders bottom six struggled so mightily to put up points we were often the loudest calling for him to get another chance.
It never made sense to me in the first place why he was sent down to begin with. He produces like a madman in the AHL if you want him to improve at the NHL level he needs more reps at the NHL.
Look at what happened with Anthony Beauvillier, he got paired up with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle, two legit NHL players and now Beau looks like he can be a 20 goal scorer and a productive piece to this team.
Well today, I noticed something in Bridgeport that left me scratching my head. It’s not necessarily a new development but it’s still frustrating to say the least. Take a look at their line combinations for their game today.
Do the New York Islanders want Josh Ho-Sang to fail? I’m not asking that facetiously if you look at how they’ve handled him this year it’s tough to make the argument that they care about his development.
Ho-Sang is on the fourth line. Why? He’s never going to be a fourth liner at the next level, and you certainly aren’t going to get the most out of him playing with Connor Jones and Scott Eansor.
I truly believe Ho-Sang should be in the NHL right now, but since he’s not wouldn’t it make sense to put him with Michael Dal Colle?
I personally don’t think Dal Colle is going to pan out, but as a former top-five pick wouldn’t you want to have Ho-Sang and Dal Colle try to build chemistry that can continue at the next level? Isn’t this the point of the AHL, to prepare you for the next step and to get the prospects you believe in in the best situations?
We’re not reinventing the wheel here folks, it shouldn’t be this difficult. Can we maybe use some of the space on the billboards for a Brent Thompson must go movement?