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New York Islanders Trade Bait Pieces for 2018 Offseason

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders hits the ice during the second period against the Boston Bruins at the Barclays Center on January 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders hits the ice during the second period against the Boston Bruins at the Barclays Center on January 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 25: New York Islanders Joshua Ho-Sang (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Josh Ho-Sang

At this point, there’s no reason to keep Josh Ho-Sang on the roster now is there? The New York Islanders clearly aren’t pleased with his attitude and Josh Ho-Sang clearly isn’t pleased with the team’s attitude. They’re at an absolute stalemate.

After a promising cameo appearance at the end of 2016-17 and with another good 22 game stint in 2017-18 Josh Ho-Sang was sent down to the AHL to work on his defense. Because he was clearly the only player with defensive issues on the Islanders roster.

Because as Ho-Sang rightfully pointed out to The Athletic’s Arthur Staple:

"“I know they’re working hard. 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. ”"

Ho-Sang is still a player that through 43 games at the NHL level has put up 22 points. Just over half a point per game. That’s a 42 point pace during a season. And at 22-years-old he’s only going to get better.

Sure Ho-Sang’s played about half a season, but that was spread across two years and playing on lines where he was the anchor. He was the one responsible for making those around him like Brock Nelson, better.

Look, even if you believe that Ho-Sang has an attitude problem, other teams have found ways to get players with “attitudes” to gel and even excel. P.K. Subban’s attitude was said to be the reason he was sent out of Montreal. He’s a Norris Trophy finalist this season.

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