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New York Islanders Trade Block Also Includes Josh Ho-Sang

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders passes the puck against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders passes the puck against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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It shouldn’t be a shock, but New York Islanders former first-rounder Josh Ho-Sang is part of the Islanders trade board.

When the New York Islanders drafted Josh Ho-Sang 28th overall in the 2014 NHL draft, they knew they were getting a player that was going to be a bit of a character. Leading up to the draft, he stated he’d be the best player in the draft within three years.

We’re five years out since he was drafted and he still hasn’t regularly featured in the NHL. Suffice to say, he won’t make good on that statement.

He’s been in the AHL forever but the Islanders don’t seem to be ready to play him. Of course, as we all expected, a report has come out that Josh Ho-Sang has been placed on the Islanders trade block.

No Surprise

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period reports that the Islanders have Josh Ho-Sang on their trade block.

The New York Islanders and Josh Ho-Sang just never got off to a good start. Ho-Sang had that famous incident where he slept in on the first day of training camp and things were never the same.

He’s seen the NHL, but he’s never cemented a spot in the NHL. Even though he should have. His 2016-17 audition where he scored 10 points as the Islanders chased a playoff spot should have given him a spot on the roster the next season.

But Garth Snow and Doug Weight had other plans. Ho-Sang went back to the AHL after staying with the Islanders until December.

Ho-Sang doesn’t seem to fit in Lou Lamoriello’s plans either, so having him on the trade block makes perfect sense. Say what you will about his time with the Islanders, but Ho-Sang still has value.

In his 53 game NHL career, he’s scored 24 points. He’s absolutely dynamic going forward but needs some work defensively. There’s a team out there that will take the chance on Ho-Sang just to get that offensive creativity and hope to get him in line defensively.

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The New York Islanders have a deep prospect pool up front. Moving Josh Ho-Sang won’t set the Islanders back. The Isles need top six support, moving some of their excesses (like forward prospects) is responsible team building.

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