We all had a feeling it could happen, and today it was confirmed. The New York Islanders have placed Josh Ho-Sang on waivers. Amongst others.
Each are a surprising waive on their own right. But Josh Ho-Sang going to the AHL is perhaps the most dramatic.
Look, you can say that Thomas Hickey getting waived is a huge surprise. The veteran defenseman with 449 NHL games with the New York Islanders is a good depth defenseman. And arguably the Islanders could have traded him for something rather than risk losing him through the waiver wire.
But Josh Ho-Sang failing to make the NHL again is the big storyline here.
The first-round pick from 2014 famously stated that he’d be the best player drafted within three years. That was two years ago, and Ho-Sang hasn’t played more than 53 games.
He seemed to have played his cards right. But he just didn’t do enough to earn a spot in the NHL. Again. Only once did he start the season in the NHL, that was 2017-18, but he only lasted till December before going back to the AHL.
He’s shown flashes of brilliance but it clearly hasn’t been enough to convince his coaches that he needs to be in the NHL. And so now it’s to the AHL.
Unless he gets claimed by another team for free on the waiver wire.
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The New York Islanders have made their statement with the roster. Michael Dal Colle is in, Josh Ho-Sang is out. Now we wait to see if he stays in the organization or gets picked up by another team.