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.