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.