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New York Islanders Three Players Fighting For Roster Spot

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ – OCTOBER 05: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 5, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – OCTOBER 05: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 5, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Josh Ho-Sang (RW)

Current odds: 55%
It seems like the New York Islanders want Josh Ho-Sang to play in the NHL this season. At every opportunity, the team has something positive to say about Josh Ho-Sang, and the incredible potential he has. As a creative offensive player playing on the right-wing, that makes sense.

The Isles have Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey as their top two options on the right. But after that Cal Clutterbuck is their number three right-handed forward. Cal has his qualities, but that’s still quite the drop from a 59 and 71 point player to 25 point Cal Clutterbuck.

If the Islanders want to make up for the production that left the Island for Toronto during free agency, they’ll need to inject some more offense in the lineup. That’s Josh Ho-Sang.

How Does He Make It?
It’s simple for Ho-Sang. He has to do two things. First, do what you did during those 43 NHL games; create offense. Between 2015-16 and 2016-17, Ho-Sang put up 22 points over those 43 games. That’s a 42 point pace over a full season.

Second, blend that undeniable offensive flair with a little bit of defensive awareness. That’s it.

How He Misses Out?
Be the Josh Ho-Sang we’ve seen at previous camps. Mess up once and it’s over. That personal day doesn’t count, there wasn’t anything there.

But if Ho-Sang can’t show any improvement in terms of his defensive awareness or ability to simply listen to directions he’s gone.

As simple as it can be to make the team, it could be as simple being left out.

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