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New York Islanders Scenario: Ho-Sang and Dal Colle Both Make The Team

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Michael Dal Colle #28 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Michael Dal Colle #28 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders have a crowded forward group, is there a way they can fit both Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle on the roster?

If I told you after the 2014 draft that five years later both Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang would struggle to make the New York Islanders roster you’d probably call me crazy. Now, five years later we have that exact scenario.

The Isles have 16 forwards under contract, and depending on if the Isles keep Noah Dobson, that could mean they need to cut it down to 13 forwards. Of that group, which three are going?

Between Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Dal Colle, Tanner Fritz, Tom Kuhnhackl, Tanner Fritz, and Ross Johnston they all need to pass through waivers in order to get to the AHL. As Arthur Staple points out, it’s risky to pass JHS and MDC through waivers as they’re likely to get claimed.

Staple throws out the idea that the Isles could keep Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle on the roster and waive Tanner Fritz, Tom Kuhnhackl, and Ross Johnston as they are easier to pass through waivers.

Michael Dal Colle as the 13th forward with Josh Ho-Sang on the second line is an idea I can get behind.

Lee – Barzal – Eberle

Bailey – Nelson – Ho-Sang

Beauvillier – Brassard – Komarov

Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

It’s not bad. Yes, another top-six winger to add some pop would be nice but finally seeing what Ho-Sang could do with an extended look is something I for one am interested in.

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