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New York Islanders: 5 Most Likely Pieces To Be Traded By The End Of June

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Toronto Maple Leafs Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Bob Pulford attend round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Toronto Maple Leafs Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Bob Pulford attend round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 07: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders passes the puck against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Number 3: Josh Ho-Sang

I love Josh Ho-Sang as a prospect and I still think he should be the Islanders third line Right Winger next year, but it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was moved this offseason. I think he would’ve been higher on the list if Garth was still calling the shots if we’re being honest.

After Ho-Sang called out the Islanders hypocrisy, which I don’t blame him for, it seemed like just a matter of time before he would be moved on from.

In 22 games with the Islanders last year, Ho-Sang had 12 points, a pace of 45 over the course of a full NHL season. The only issue was he turned the puck over, and he was blamed for the Islanders lack of defense and hence was shipped off to Bridgeport.

He put up 31 points in 50 games with the Sound Tigers, while playing fourth line minutes as punishment more often than not. It’s funny how the narrative changed for Ho-Sang, who was beloved in 2016-2017 for his 21 game stint with the team.

In those 21 games, he had 10 points, a near identical stat line to 2017-2018 and everyone seemed to use him as the scapegoat. Interesting.

Anyway, it wouldn’t shock me at all if Ho-Sang was dealt this offseason. He’s someone who has a lot of potential, but has “baggage” to some. He has talent, but I’m not sure the Islanders will ever give him the change he needs/deserves to be successful here. Can’t wait to see more of Tanner Fritz playing third line wing!

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