The New York Islanders are looking for a trade partner for Joshua Ho-Sang after his representative requested one, GM Lou Lamoriello told reporters including Arthur Staple of The Athletic. Ho-Sang was told not to report for a few days after clearing waivers while the team tried to find a deal.
Though teams obviously had a chance at Ho-Sang when he was placed on waivers, the fact that he has now cleared actually increases his value. The young forward can now be assigned to the minor leagues for whichever team acquires him, though that still doesn’t guarantee a deal will be made. The 23-year old was the 28th overall pick in 2014 but has just 53 NHL games under his belt so far despite strong offensive numbers in the minor leagues.
Never much of a goal-scorer, Ho-Sang has excellent puck skills and playmaking ability, especially with the man-advantage. He has recorded 84 assists in 156 AHL regular season contests, and does have 24 points in his 53 NHL appearances. If the Islanders can find a new home for him, Ho-Sang will likely have to prove himself once again for their minor league affiliate before getting another opportunity at the highest level.
Honka for Ho-Sang?
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Actually, that wouldn’t be too bad. Being a Ducks fan, I thought maybe a Sprong/Ho-Sang swap would be possible but we already have too many RW. Don’t see the Islanders shipping him out just for futures.
just cut him lose. he’s the NHL equivalent of a AAAA player.
Ho-Sang has officially come down with Puljujarvi-itis. Off to the Finnish leagues with him!
I don’t get this. He was on waivers, free for anyone. Maybe if he absolutely was lighting it up after a few weeks but right after you clear waivers doesn’t make sense
I honestly don’t blame JHS. Is he immature? Yes. Does he deserve more of a chance? Yes. So many people look at stats and metrics. Well the metrics are the Isles win at a higher % when he is in the lineup. Coincidence? Maybe. I don’t put a ton in that type of number. Depends on who they played, how much rest, who were the goalies etc.. Over time though those numbers do mean something. Has he dazzled? No but look at the forward group of the Isles (especially post-Tavares). They are muckers and grinders with the exception of Barzal and maybe Beauvillier. You are telling me a skating winger with great vision who is a pass first player couldn’t help this group? They were in the bottom 3 in the league on the PP. I am not saying he is all-world but there are forwards on this team with less ability getting a lot more ice (Martin, Clutterbuck, Komarov) and even guys like Johnson who is basically a fighter got a spot.
JHS should be packaged with Leddy for a top notch winger if they don’t plan on playing him. A team would take a gamble. 1yr deal making $875k. Why wouldn’t you. And now that he cleared waivers could be sent to the AHL before being called up. The Isles have no intention of using him just like Nino Neiderreiter and look how that turned out. Nino made himself a decent NHL player regardless of the Isles opinion.