After the New York Islanders lost to the crosstown Rangers, Josh Ho-Sang spoke to the media about defense and it’s importance.
Josh Ho-Sang got a pretty good opportunity last night with the New York Islanders. He played on the second line with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey and it didn’t go that great. Ho-Sang got power play time and it didn’t really look like it was working.
According to NHL.com, Ho-Sang had two giveaways last night. Arthur Staple counted three on a brief power play stint. Whether it was two or three the point remains the same. He had an opportunity to show he belonged on the second line and it didn’t go great.
After the game, Josh Ho-Sang spoke about the game and his defense. The quote has got a lot of attention.
A lot of people took this as a negative. That Josh Ho-Sang still doesn’t get it and that he’s still that immature kid they drafted five years ago. I disagree.
Ho-Sang should be proud of himself because he did get significantly better defensively, that much we saw last night. Will this save him from getting waived, ultimately, probably not.
Despite his improved defense, he is not one of the best 13 or 14 forwards in camp. Oliver Wahlstrom looks to have passed him by and it appears that the Isles prefer to lean on Mason Jobst as well.
Does that mean another team scoops him up when he’s waived? Possibly, I don’t see what a team like Ottawa has to lose. There’s a real chance that he played his last game as an Islander last night.
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