The New York Islanders still haven’t approved the top-six as we’ve moved to the halfway point of August. It may be Ho-Sang’s job for the taking.
As currently constructed on August 15, the New York Islanders have a hole in the top-six. It’s assumed that Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle, Anders Lee, Josh Bailey, and Brock Nelson will be five out of the six guys on the top-two lines. That last spot is the question mark.
You could put Anthony Beauvillier back up there despite massive struggles and inconsistency or use that small sample size Tom Kuhnhackl gave you and place him with Nelson and Bailey.
Another option is Josh Ho-Sang. We’ve talked about him being the most likely “prospect” to get that spot due to his experience at the NHL level. Brent Thompson confirmed our logic in talking with Arthur Staple.
Staple put out a really interesting piece discussing what Ho-Sang’s coaches thought of him. A lot of his coaches who got him when he was younger all seemed to say that they were looking to get more out of Ho-Sang.
The part that jumped out to me was when they got to Thompson. He essentially said if Ho-Sang plays a two-way game, which he did for the Sound Tigers last year, he will have a good shot at making the NHL roster.
Ho-Sang was getting key situations in the AHL and he was reliable down the stretch. That should point to him getting a long look in September. It’s up to him to prove to Barry Trotz that he can play both ways and that he can be coached. If he does, he’ll be on the roster.
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