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New York Islanders Five Questions For Five Players

TUGGERAH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Close up of the microphones and desk before the press conference on August 8, 2018 in Tuggerah, Australia. The Central Coast Mariners confirmed that 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt has committed to an indefinite training period with the club, with the aim to develop the 'world's fasted man' into a professional footballer. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
TUGGERAH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: Close up of the microphones and desk before the press conference on August 8, 2018 in Tuggerah, Australia. The Central Coast Mariners confirmed that 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt has committed to an indefinite training period with the club, with the aim to develop the 'world's fasted man' into a professional footballer. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 25: New York Islanders Joshua Ho-Sang (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Josh Ho-Sang

Question: “Do you feel you have a clean slate?”

Josh Ho-Sang is an electric forward that has an abundance of talent. Through 43 NHL games, he’s over a half-point-per-game. But for some reason, he still hasn’t been fully integrated into the NHL.

Now, to be fair, Josh Ho-Sang hasn’t made it easy on himself. Missing the first day of training camp in 2015 after sleeping in and being candid with reporters in a sport that almost openly frowns upon that type of behavior.

But when Lou Lamoriello came in he told anyone who would listen that everyone gets a clean slate. Everyone starts fresh. That includes Josh Ho-Sang.

Through 26 AHL games, Josh Ho-Sang has 24 points and was leading the AHL in assists. Until he got a call-up to the NHL less than a week ago. But since that call-up, the New York Islanders have played two games and Josh Ho-Sang has sat in the press box for both of them.

Is Josh Ho-Sang getting a clean slate?

Why It’s an Important Question

The New York Islanders need help creating goal scoring opportunities both at 5on5 and on the power play. Josh Ho-Sang gives you exactly that. But for some reason, the Islanders are reluctant to play him.

So why did they call him up exactly?

We’re told that Josh Ho-Sang has a clean slate and that he’s made strides to become a better two-way player this season. Again, why not play him. One of them can’t be true. It’s either Josh Ho-Sang still hasn’t earned their trust as an individual or as a player. Which one is it?

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