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New York Islanders Three Questions Surrounding 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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DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 17: Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche fights for the puck against Joshua Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Giveaways

Question: Is he still a turnover machine?

The biggest slight against Josh Ho-Sang are his giveaway numbers. It’s true, Josh Ho-Sang has given the puck away a lot. In a Barry Trotz system that prides itself on doing all the little things right, giving the puck away a lot doesn’t fit.

But just how often does Josh Ho-Sang give the puck away exactly?

Over his 53 game NHL career to date, Josh Ho-Sang has 49 turnovers. So that’s just under one giveaway per game (it’s exactly 0.9245 giveaways per game). That’s not good. And wouldn’t fly in a Barry Trotz or Lou Lamoriello system. But hold up.

That’s over his entire career and across three seasons. In a ten-game sample last season, Ho-Sang had just six giveaways. Yes, it’s just a ten-game sample, but that’s a significant improvement in terms of puck retention from Josh Ho-Sang.

At some point, we have to accept that Josh Ho-Sang is going to give the puck away. It’s just part of the territory when it comes to puck-moving forwards.

Have you looked at Mathew Barzal’s giveaway stats? They aren’t great either. Last season, Barzal was on record for 117 giveaways in 82 games. That’s just under one-and-a-half giveaways per game.

We accept those high giveaway numbers because of what Barzal can do offensively. The same should be true for Josh Ho-Sang. He may not give us Mathew Barzal production, but he’s also not giving us Mathew Barzal level giveaways.

Answer: His numbers have gone down enough where we should be able to live with the giveaways thanks to his offensive contributions.

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