Overall, 2017-2018 was a rather disappointing year for Josh Ho-Sang. After an electric finish to the 2016-2017 expectations were high for Ho-Sang heading into the season.
Contrary to popular belief, Josh Ho-Sang’s stats weren’t as bad as many perceived them to be. In 22 games he had 12 points, essentially a half a point per game production.
After those 22 games, he was banished to long bus trips in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He wasn’t fantastic in the AHL, 31 points in 50 games, but he wasn’t put in the best situation.
He was playing on the fourth line, in order to “teach him defense”. It failed. But now, with Barry Trotz’s recent comments it appears Ho-Sang is in the good graces of the organization.
With a crowded forward group, it won’t be considered a failure if Ho-Sang doesn’t make the roster. If he is competitive in training camp, with a good attitude and a good spirit in the AHL then we’re okay.
2018-2019 is about the long-term picture with Josh if he shows signs of growth than you have to be happy with his season if he’s snubbed off the roster again.