It didn’t take long, but we figured out where Josh Ho-Sang was. The New York Islanders are looking to trade the winger, so they told him to stay home.
(Chalk that up to one correct bold prediction on the season for me.)
Now that Ho-Sang has asked for a trade, and that the New York Islanders are going to try and
, what happens now?
Trade Value Is…Low
Who’s going to want a disgruntled winger who has yet to play a full NHL season after being drafted in the first round five years ago? That’s the situation that Josh Ho-Sang is up against right now.
Actually! It’s a bit worse than that.
Not only has Josh Ho-Sang only played in 53 NHL games since Garth Snow drafted him 28th overall in 2014, but he’s also got a complicated history going back to even before the 2014 draft.
There was the issue of sleeping past his alarm on the first day of training camp and then having to run the stairs of the Nassau Coliseum. Then there’s the turnovers and the giveaway. There’s also the quotes to the media that haven’t always gone over well with the Islanders.
There’s also the issue of saying you’re going to be the best player in your draft class within three years and then almost falling outside of the first-round.
What I’m trying to paint here is the canvas that is baggage surrounding Josh Ho-Sang. Yes, he’s an electric playmaker. He has more individual skill than most of the players in the league. But that skill gets lost with all that baggage.
That’s why the trade value for Josh Ho-Sang is going to be very low. If there’s even any value at all.
Again, he just cleared waivers where 30 other NHL teams could have picked him up for free, and they didn’t. Why would a team now lose an asset, even if it’s a seventh-round pick when they could have had him for free just a few days ago?
Maybe it’s like Bob McKenzie said, teams that were previously at the 50 contract limit – or close to it – might not have had room to take him on, even if it was for free. They might still be willing to trade for Ho-Sang.
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I hope a deal can get done, for both sides. Josh Ho-Sang needs a fresh start, and the New York Islanders need to move on from yet another first-round pick from the 2010-2014 era.