Josh Ho-Sang has not seen a lot of ice time with the New York Islanders this season. It’s time for the Islanders to fix this problem. The Islanders need to bring him up permanently.
With another season done and dusted and the New York Islanders head into another summer, a lot of questions remain. One of which is Josh Ho-Sang. Anybody remember this kid?
If you don’t I wouldn’t blame you. Ho-Sang has had a tough season, he’s been in and out of the Islanders minor league affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The Islanders haven’t shown Ho-Sang a lot of love, in fact, you could argue they’ve shown him none.
Ho-Sang has vented his frustrations earlier this month, telling the Athletics Arthur Staple:
"“I love those guys, I want to make that clear, I know they are 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. They really painted it like it was my fault at the beginning of the year and I didn’t like that.”"
This is not the way the Islanders or their fans should want Ho-Sang feeling. Ho-Sang right now feels rejected and non-existent. That’s why he let his feelings known to Arthur Staple. He was venting his frustrations.
In those 22 games, Ho-Sang put up 12 points, those are good numbers, especially considering he is only 22 years-old. If you are the New York Islanders, you have three options with Ho-Sang: (1) keep him in Bridgeport, (2) trade him for assets, or (3) call him up to the NHL and keep him there. The Islanders should definitely choose the last option.
It’s his time
Ho-Sang had put up good numbers with the Islanders. The defense that he was sent down to learn can be taught at the NHL level.
Ho-Sang is a player with vast potential and has shown it at the NHL level. It’s time for Ho-Sang to make a permanent mark on the Islanders organization. Ho-Sang spending another minute in Bridgeport doesn’t do himself or the Islanders any good.
It’s time to see the blue and orange number 66 sweater with the New York Islanders logo on the front, not a tiger.