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Islanders Josh Ho-Sang Picks Up Point In AHL Season Debut

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders skates against the Boston Bruins at the Barclays Center on March 25, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Joshua Ho-Sang #66 of the New York Islanders skates against the Boston Bruins at the Barclays Center on March 25, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Josh Ho-Sang made his return to the AHL after requesting a trade. The New York Islanders prospect picked up an assist last night.

It’s been a weird few months for Josh Ho-Sang and the New York Islanders. Ho-Sang signed his qualifying offer, betting on himself on a one-year deal. Heading into training camp it appeared that he had a legit chance to make the Islanders roster.

In three games, Ho-Sang picked up one assist and was a plus one, meaning he wasn’t on the ice for any goals against.

He didn’t have a ton of chances, playing in just three games, but it didn’t seem like he did anything wrong that justified him being sent back to Bridgeport. Regardless, Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello decided that Ho-Sang wasn’t NHL ready and that he would be sent back down.

Ho-Sang spoke with Lamoriello and requested a trade, feeling that he deserved a shot at the NHL level. The request wasn’t all that surprising considering we’ve now played this game with Ho-Sang for the past three years.

Lamoriello advised Ho-Sang not to report and then there was a nearly three month waiting period. JHS reached out to Chris Lamoriello who is the GM of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and asked if he could return to play.

The request was granted and Ho-Sang returned to play his first game of the year last night. In typical Ho-Sang fashion, he picked up an assist.

Travis St. Denis is leading all centers in points so seeing Ho-Sang out there on a top-six role Is an appealing sign for both Ho-Sang and the Islanders. Do I think he ever gets a chance back in the NHL with the Isles? Probably not, but maybe he can somehow save his value.

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The JHS redemption story would be a fun one though, but we’re a long way away from that happening.

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