Josh Ho-Sang has been false started so many times by the New York Islanders. Ho-Sang isn’t without blame here, but the Islanders have to take an equal portion of the blame for Ho-Sang not being in the NHL today.
It’s true that Ho-Sang has had his attitude questioned a number of times. It’s why a player with 85 points in his draft year went 28th overall. There’s also the infamous “sleep-in”, where Ho-Sang was late to the first day of Isles training camp in 2014 because he forgot to set an alarm. Causing the team to send him right back to the OHL.
But since that incident, Ho-Sang has tried to right his game as well as his approach to his career. But the Isles never gave him the chance to succeed. Playing on the third line, or being sent back to the AHL for being poor defensively even though the entire team was poor defensively.
We’re now four years from Ho-Sang’s draft and he still hasn’t solidified a roster spot. To all the blame we place with the team Ho-Sang hasn’t made it easy on himself.
He needs to take this opportunity to reestablish his worth in the eyes of new management. While Garth Snow is still around, Lou Lamoriello is the one calling the shots now. As every good evaluator will do, Lou will approach every player evaluation with a clean slate.
Mini-Camp is Ho-Sang’s chance to grab the boss’ attention and start showing him he belongs on the team. He’s got the talent, he’s got the skill. Ho-Sang has everything needed to not only make the NHL but succeed.
He just needs to convince the powers that be. Mini-Camp won’t be Ho-Sang’s only opportunity to do so. He’ll get another shot at training camp in September. But this is where he can plant the seed for 2018-19. Have a standout camp and it puts his name at the top of the list.