For the second game in a row, New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang will be scratched tonight for the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The New York Islanders and Josh Ho-Sang saga continues as Josh Ho-Sang is now going to be scratched for the second game in a row in the AHL. How did we get here with the 2014 first round selection?
It all started with alarm gate, when Ho-Sang was late to the Coliseum and ended up running stairs in his first training camp with the Islanders. He immediately got sent back to the OHL without a chance to play for the big club.
In 2016-2017, Ho-Sang would play in the AHL and get his first stint in the NHL. He put up 10 points in 21 games and the consensus was that he played pretty well. It appeared that Ho-Sang and the team were finally in good spirits.
That was only the beginning, at the start of next year, Ho-Sang would be scratched on opening night, and then sent down after 22 games because of defensive issues. Ho-Sang went down and the Islanders continued to be the worst defensive team in the league in his absence.
Now, in 2018-2019 JHS started rocky again in the AHL. A few healthy scratches and asking to play on the top line sparked him and he eventually got called up to the NHL. In 10 games, he had two points, not nearly enough, but his analytics looked fairly good.
The Isles sent him down again, and now he’s being scratched by the Sound Tigers again. Brent Thompson had this to say on Ho-Sang:
"“For me, it’s learning play away from the puck, and unnecessary turnovers. All it is is development. Every kid, like I said, has their own path, needs a little bit of a boot sometimes. This is a chance to reboot and see where it takes him.”"
I still think Ho-Sang is going to be a good player at the next level, I’m just growing more and more aware that it likely won’t be with the Islanders. The once-promising 2014 draft class, is looking ever so unuseful for the Islanders.
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