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New York Islanders Five Bold Predictions for 2019-20 NHL Season

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 28: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 28, 2019 in Uniondale City. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 6-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 28: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 28, 2019 in Uniondale City. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 6-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 24: Joshua Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on September 24, 2019 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Islanders 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

We Hear That Josh Ho-Sang Wants To Be Traded

Why wouldn’t he?

Josh Ho-Sang has been with the New York Islanders for five years and in those five years, he’s played in 53 NHL games. Only four players taken in the 2014 first-round have fewer games played. One of those is Michael Dal Colle, who will undoubtedly pass him this season.

Going on the waiver wire must have felt like a relief. One of the 30 other NHL teams would surely take a gamble on him. It would have only cost them $874,000 to do so. For a player that has shown he can score 40+ points in the NHL claiming him seems like an easy gamble to take.

Yet, not a single team took the bait. So, for now, he remains with the New York Islanders who’ve shown incredible hesitation to play him.

Maybe that changes when roster sizes and contract counts fall for the start of the 2019-20 season. When Ho-Sang was sent on the waiver wire nine teams had 49 of 50 spots accounted for on their contract lists. Now only one team has 49 contracts, the Ottawa Senators. Maybe a trade can be facilitated with teams having more space.

For some reason – rightly or wrongly – he just hasn’t been able to showcase that talent at the NHL level. That has to be frustrating. He must feel like he’s stuck and wishes he could just get out. He’s likely going to ask Lou for a trade away to start over.

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To be fair, that frustration must be also felt by the Islanders who probably hoped he could be an effective top-six option this season. But instead, he’s on his way to the AHL.

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