New York Islanders Josh Ho-Sang Four Truths About Treatment

New York Islanders Joshua Ho-Sang (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New York Islanders Joshua Ho-Sang (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 07: Joshua Ho-Sang

Truth 3 – I Can Help

"I feel like I can help, you know? I feel like I can help,” he told The Athletic on Tuesday after a Sound Tigers practice. “When I’ve gotten the chance to help, I’ve helped. So I don’t feel like what I’m saying is so farfetched."

When Josh Ho-Sang was in the lineup in 2016-17 the New York Islanders went 12-7-2. This season, the Isles were 17-12-3 with Ho-Sang. That’s a 29-19-5 record. Or a 1.18 point per game average with him in the lineup.

In that time he’s played 43 games and put up 22 points. That’s a 42 point pace this year. And that’s with him generally playing third line minutes with players like Brock Nelson.

Josh Ho-Sang can certainly help. He wasn’t here long but he makes the players around him better.

Look at this WOWY chart from Hockey Viz. Ho-Sang wasn’t here long, but his impact was felt. Look out how Anothny Beauvillier and Brock Nelson fare away from Josh Ho-Sang.

(Note: Just in case you aren’t sure how to read these charts, the black boxes represent the player Ho-Sang played with and how that player did with Ho-Sang on the ice. The red boxed number represents how that player did without Ho-Sang on the ice.)

With Ho-Sang, Beauvillier was “Good” like really good. But without him, he was fun and not the good kind of fun. Brock Nelson went from “dull” with Ho-Sang to “bad” without him.

The counter-argument is that he can’t help defensively. Or he isn’t the cure to the Islanders problems defensively. Sure. But neither is Tanner Fritz or Alan Quine. Both of which got time playing with John Tavares and Anders Lee this year.