New York Islanders forward Josh Ho-Sang talks about how different practice and game situations are for evaluating players.
Training camp is a time where coaches evaluate the talent on their roster and decide who makes the team and who doesn’t. For the New York Islanders, they’ll be looking to see which veterans work and which prospects will make the roster.
One of the prospects trying to make the roster is lightning rod Josh Ho-Sang. Donning a new number, 26, Ho-Sang got his first game experience last night against the Flyers.
One of the things Ho-Sang talked about was turning it on in games. Here’s what he told Newsday about the difference between practicing and games:
"“Because a game is something you need to win,” Ho-Sang said of the difference. “It’s great you can do it in a practice. Lots of people are very good in practice. I have good days in practice. But I think you need to bring it to the game because they play 82 of those.”"
In no way shape or form should this be interpreted as Ho-Sang dissing practice. He’s 100 percent right, it’s about how it translates to games. There’s a reason why they do these preseason games so often.
The best way to evaluate your talent is by watching them in game action. Last night, Josh Ho-Sang was on the ice for 16:57 and didn’t attempt a shot. He’s more of a playmaker than a goal scorer but is he doing enough in games to make the Islanders roster?
That will be a question all training camp long.
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