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New York Islanders: Josh Ho-Sang is on fire since promotion

By Matt O'Leary
Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang has been phenomenal since moving up to the top line with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Well, what do you know? After calling out the New York Islanders for their treatment of him, Josh Ho-Sang has been on fire for the Sound Tigers. Last night, Ho-Sang added a goal and an assist giving him eight points in 11 games and 4 in two games since being promoted to the top line.

Today he added to that again. With four assists in the Sound Tigers dominant 8-5 victory over the Penguins. That’s now 12 points in 12 games or for those keeping track at home a point per game player.

Since being moved to the top line he’s got eight points (1 goal, 7 assists). It’s almost like a top-six player thrives playing in a top-six role.

The talent for Josh Ho-Sang was never a question to me. In 2016-2017, fans adored him for his performance with the Islanders. He sparked the offense with a 10 point performance in a 21 game sample size.

Last season, he took the role of whipping boy for Doug Weight and Garth Snow. After 12 points in 22 games, essentially the same performance that fans praised him for just 10 months earlier, yielded the Islanders to send him down and the majority of fans to turn on him.

Now, with 12 points in 12 games, he is forcing the Islanders’ hand. Since they’re winning games I can’t see them making a move just yet but you’d be lying to yourself if you think there hasn’t been a conversation about it.

A motivated Josh Ho-Sang is a good Josh Ho-Sang. He felt that he had to prove himself and when given a fair shot (first line minutes) he’s proved his worth.

If the Islanders decide to give Ho-Sang a shot with the Islanders top-six, especially if it’s with Mathew Barzal I think he’ll be able to thrive in that situation.

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I’m excited for Josh Ho-Sang and Oliver Wahlstrom I think both of those right wingers can and should be on the 2019-2020 roster. Like I said earlier this week, the Islanders would be dumb to give up on Josh Ho-Sang now.