After some comments early in the week, New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is back on the first line in the AHL where he belongs.
This week, Josh Ho-Sang made it known that he wasn’t pleased with how things went with the New York Islanders during training camp and even now with his role with the Sound Tigers. In an interview with the New York Post, Ho-Sang came off as frustrated about his role.
"“I felt like they had their minds made up on what was going to happen and what the team was going to look like,” Ho-Sang said. “It’s OK. They had the whole summer to plan that. I don’t know if you watched any of the games, but I didn’t play a lot. It’s OK. It is what it is.”"
Ho-Sang is never one to not speak his mind, and frankly what he said wasn’t the end of the world. He wants to play in a top-six role, because that’s the kind of player that he is, yet the Sound Tigers put him in on the third line most nights.
Guys like Steve Bernier, who is 33-years-old is getting time on the top line. Stuff like that will never make sense to me. Bernier’s time in the NHL is likely over so he spends time in the AHL in order to stay in the game, which is completly fine.
His role though is a grind it out fourth line type of player. Why he’s getting more minutes than a younger player who is still developing is crazy. It doesn’t matter that he has five goals, he should be on the third line or fourth line.
Tonight, things are finally different. Josh Ho-Sang is going to be on the top line with Michael Dal Colle and Connor Jones. He asked for a greater opportunity, and now he has one, tonight Ho-Sang has to play well for the Sound Tigers.
If you’re going to talk, you have to back it up. Still, Ho-Sang is a skilled player who got a raw deal so I understand why he’s a bit chapped when it comes to the Islanders. This year it might be tough for him to land a top-six role with the big club but with Jordan Eberle likely gone he will have every shot to land a spot next season.
Ho-Sang has four assists in nine games. Let’s see if his point total increases playing with a goal-scoring type of forward like Michael Dal Colle.