Truth 1 – They Sent Me Down For What?
"But I got sent down for defense and what are they in goals against in the NHL? I only played (22) games up there this year. I don’t think it’s my fault."
The first truth, Josh Ho-Sang’s defense needed work because it was below requirements from the Islanders. That’s right, the New York Islanders sent Ho-Sang to work on his defensive game. Meanwhile said team holds the worst defensive record in the league. It’s like taking advice from the worst mechanic in the world on what’s wrong with your car.
The entire team clearly needs to learn how to defend at the NHL level. But for some reason an average half-a-point per game player at the NHL level has to be sent down to the AHL. He’s the only one that needs this lesson it seems.
Ho-Sang has outstanding offensive abilities. Anyone that’s coached him or played with him will tell you so. Why are we so worried about the defensive side of his game? I know defense is important, and I understand everyone has to play defense. But that seems like something that can be tough at the NHL level. Where his natural offensive abilities would be more useful.
If going to the AHL was going to teach a team how to defend they should have all gone. Or brought Brent Thomson up to the NHL. It not and they didn’t because he can’t. Which means there more to this.