New York Islanders former first-round pick Josh Ho-Sang is rumored to be KHL bound.
It’s never a good sign when your club tells you to go play somewhere else. In February, that’s what the New York Islanders did with former first-round pick Josh Ho-Sang. After a trade request debacle that didn’t pan out, Josh Ho-Sang was sent to San Antonio to play out the rest of the 2019-20 season.
Doing so essentially ended Josh Ho-Sang’s career with the New York Islanders. While it was possible for him to come back and wear the blue and orange it was wildly unlikely that would ever happen.
After being placed on waivers and going unclaimed at the start of the 2019-20 season, Ho-Sang was told to stay home while the Islanders found him a new place to play. By December, with no trade, Ho-Sang was back with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Sixteen games and ten points later, Ho-Sang was sent to San Antonio where he played six games scoring three points. And now it seems the 28th overall pick in 2014, is headed to Russia for the 2020-21 season.
According to the Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, Josh Ho-Sang is headed to the KHL for next season.
When 30 different teams passed on the opportunity to take Ho-Sang for free when he was on the waiver wire, when no team seemingly put in an offer to trade for him before the trade deadline, and when the one team that holds his rights won’t play him in the big league, it’s clear the opportunities in the NHL are non-existent for Josh Ho-Sang.
Going to the KHL rather than sitting in the AHL for a fifth straight year sounds like a much better opportunity for Ho-Sang. Not to mention he could make much more money playing in Russia than he did in the AHL with his $70,000 minors salary this year.
Ho-Sang will be an RFA at the end of the 2019-20 season.
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It’s unfortunate that things didn’t work out between the Islanders and Ho-Sang. His talent is undeniable. Perhaps a year abroad will be the type of change Ho-Sang needs in order to get his career back on track and eventually play in the NHL. Even if it’s not for the Islanders.