New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang didn’t crack the roster of the big club for the second consecutive season and now his representation has asked for a trade.
So, it breaks down like this:
After failing to make the opening night roster, Ho-Sang was put on waivers and sent down to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers along with Tanner Fritz and Thomas Hickey. The 23-year-old from Toronto did not report to the club. According to Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson, Ho-Sang is “collecting himself.”
But then came word that his representation has asked the Islanders for a trade. And according to New York general manager Lou Lamoriello, Ho-Sang was told to abstain from reporting to Bridgeport while the Islanders worked on said trade.
“He came in and did everything that you could ask of a player to try and win a spot,” Lamoriello said. “In my opinion, he was given every opportunity and it just did not work out and you have to make a decision.”
Ho-Sang was a star player in the Ontario Hockey League but that has yet to translate to success in the National Hockey League. Clearing waivers after camp didn’t help his case, either, and finding that trade value means Lamoriello is going to have to hunt around for a while.
Ho-Sang entered the OHL during the 2012 OHL Priority Selection draft and put up 44 points in his rookie season with the Windsor Spitfires.
The Islanders selected him 28th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and Ho-Sang was instantly dubbed a “character concern” by media outlets. He was famously defended by Garth Snow.
But since then, the road has been difficult. Ho-Sang was late to the first day of training camp in 2015 and was sent down to the Niagara IceDogs, where he led the team in scoring. After that, he see-sawed between Bridgeport and New York – including during one call-up that lasted mere hours.
In March of 2019, he was called up just to sit as a healthy scratch for two games before being sent back down.
And now, it looks like the rocky relationship between Ho-Sang and the Islanders may be finally and fortunately coming to an end. It’s not like Lamoriello is going to snag a whole lot for the guy, especially now that teams have set their rosters and are getting into the new season with high expectations.
But for the dude who once chose Mario Lemieux’s number, maybe he’ll ultimately have a second chance to make a first impression.
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