New York Islanders Podcast: Josh Ho-Sang And the 2018-19 Roster

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Joshua Ho-Sang
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Joshua Ho-Sang

Can Josh Ho-Sang make the New York Islanders roster? Cause it sounds like new head coach Barry Trotz is keen for him to be part of the team. Ho-Sang will have to earn it and force someone else out.

We already know that the New York Islanders have too many bottom-six players. With the acquisition of Tom Kuhnhackl, Leo Komarov, Valtteri Filppula, and Matt Martin the crowd at the bottom swelled.

There are not eight players vying for what is essentially six spots on the Islanders 2018-19 roster. And with the comments that Barry Trotz has made vis-a-vis Josh Ho-Sang, it seems that there might just be a ninth contestant on the hottest new game show:

“How Many Bottom Six Players Can One Team Have?”

Related Story. Trotz Comments About Josh Ho-Sang

Based on skill Josh Ho-Sang isn’t a bottom-six player, but the Islanders top six forwards are all accounted for. Unless Ho-Sang can play second line center… (I’m getting ahead of myself).

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What Else Do We Talk About?

It may be August but there’s plenty of Islanders talking points abound! Like these three other topics:

  • What can we expect from Andrew Ladd in 2018-19? And more importantly, what do we do with him in the long-term? even if Ladd has a good 2018-19 season, he’s still on the books for another four years at $5.5 million per. There’s no way he has good year four times in a row.
  • Now that John Tavares is gone, what does that do to Josh Bailey? Fans love to show that in the two years that Bailey put up big numbers he was playing on Tavares’ line. With JT gone, does Bailey return to that 30-40 player?
  • Where would you rank the New York Islanders in an offseason Metropolitan Division power ranking? Near the bottom right? Why?

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