The New York Islanders have done a facelift on the organization this offseason. As we know they’ve added Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz.
As a 24-year-old, the New York Islanders have been mostly irrelevant in my lifetime. Sure they went to the playoffs a few times in the mid-2000’s but those trips didn’t amount to much. The franchise was in need of a fresh start.
The best thing to come out of those playoff trips was the
Franchise Facelift/Fresh Start
One of the oldest cliches in sports is so and so player needs a fresh start. You’ll hear it mostly around trade deadlines about a player who is struggling but is believed to still have talent.
The player that most comes to mind is Josh Ho-Sang. Despite Ho-Sang’s obvious potential, he was buried in the AHL. For his career, Ho-Sang has 22 points in 43 games, including 12 points in 22 games last season.
Often the knock on Ho-Sang has been defensive ineptitude. Last season the Islanders’ defense was pitiful even with Ho-Sang in the American League.
Trotz has already had good things to say about Ho-Sang and one has to imagine Ho-Sang in salivating at a chance to make a difference at the NHL level. Going into the 2018-19 season, Josh Ho-Sang will have a chance to play in the NHL. He’ll have to take the opportunity and run with it.
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Ho-Sang has shown potential to be a top-six forward at the NHL level. He should have a chance to help the Islanders this season. The potential is there this season for the New York Islanders, with a little skill and something to prove attitude, the Isles, and hopefully, Ho-Sang should be fun to watch in 2018-2019.