Josh Ho-Sang may have all the talent in the world, but the New York Islanders former first-round pick in 2014 doesn’t always cover himself with glory. He’s trying to rectify that with an apology.
Earlier this week, the New York Post ran an interview it had done with New York Islanders Josh Ho-Sang. The Islanders 28th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft didn’t come out of that piece looking great.
In it, Ho-Sang talks about how the Islanders roster was decided well before training camp ever opened, thus not truly giving him a chance. He also talks about his future role in the organization and his current role with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL. And how both seem to be contradicting themselves.
But a few days after the piece ran Josh Ho-Sang said that that article didn’t properly capture what he wanted to say. And now he’s making amends to his coaches and the organization by
Speaking to CT News’s Michael Fornabaio on November 4th before the Sound Tigers would eventually beat the Wilks-Barrie Scranton Penguins by 8-5, Josh Ho-Sang provided some insight into the reason he’s been so good lately:
"Ho-Sang said his play the past two nights was “just an apology to the coaches and the organization.” He said he felt the New York Post story earlier in the week didn’t reflect the way he said what he said. “I felt really bad about it.”He said he has been working with the coaches on how to get more ice time and put himself in better position to succeed. “Tommer’s been outstanding with me this year. I want everyone to know that,"
Over his last four games, including that 8-5 win versus the Penguins, Josh Ho-Sang has eight points over his last three games. In the nine games prior, Ho-Sang had four points. He’s doubled his production in a third of the time.
It’s exactly what I wanted to see from Josh Ho-Sang. Play his way back into the team. There’s nothing wrong with a little honesty if you’re going to back it up with this type of play.
The comments Ho-Sang made to the New York Post painted the picture of a frustrated and disgruntled player. Mainly, because at that point Ho-Sang had produced very little in the AHL.
With the clean slate that Lou Lamoriello gave to everyone on the roster, Ho-Sang’s comments were shaping the narrative around him in a negative light. This production is starting to re-write that negative narrative.
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Unfortunately for Josh Ho-Sang, this production won’t change things overnight. But this is the type of high character move that Lou Lamoriello wants to see. Mistakes can be made, it’s how you fix them that matters.