Islanders: Josh Ho-Sang belongs in NHL says former NHL’er
New York Islanders Josh Ho-Sang got a glowing endorsement from a former NHL’er who’s seen the Isles prospect train in the offseason.
Over the offseason, the New York Islanders oddly decided to qualify 2014 first-round pick Josh Ho-Sang after spending most of the season having their prospect either sit at home waiting for a trade or playing for another AHL side.
That move meant Ho-Sang would remain with the Islanders unless Lou Lamoriello finally found the trade he’s been looking for since 2019. So Ho-Sang’s camp signed a one-year deal that would pay him a guaranteed $225,000.
If we’ve learned anything about Josh Ho-Sang is that everyone has an opinion about him. Including former NHL’er
He’s an NHL’er
Anthony Stewart is a former NHL’er with six years of experience in the NHL playing for the Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, and Carolina Hurricanes. Right now, he’s on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central. Yesterday on the show, Stewart spoke about Ho-Sang and what he’s seen from the Isles prospect who is currently training with Matt Nichol.
You can fast-forward to the 29-minute mark of the show to hear everything that Stewart had to say, but here’s the important exert.
Ho-Sang is a supremely talented player. Does he have his issues? Sure. But to be fair, most players have their issues. Is Ho-Sang working on his? Yes. When I spoke to his agent Patrick Bedell he told me that his client has worked hard to grow,s specifically over the past 18 months or so:
"Josh has worked really hard over the past year and a half or so to grow as a person and a hockey player. He’s gone through a lot (you can read about some of it in his article from the summer). We were excited to show that growth."
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Will Josh Ho-Sang ever play for the New York Islanders? I doubt it. Sure he has a contract but it seems that the team just doesn’t want him around and I doubt that changes. Hopefully, Ho-Sang will get his chance at some point but it’s likely going to have to come away from the Isles.