Future Watch: Josh Ho-Sang Rookie Hockey Cards, Islanders – Josh Ho-Sang was selected by the New York Islanders with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He has the kind of speed that it takes to play regular NHL minutes. He has the frame, he’s around 6′, 173 pounds. He has a lot of tools in his toolbox, all he’s looking for now is regular playing time.
The Toronto, Ontario native had four solid seasons playing in the OHL for the Niagara Ice Dogs and the Windsor Spitfires. During that time, he had his ups and downs on and off the ice but his offensive production was never in question. In 256 games, he had 82 goals and 292 points. That was good enough to get him a promotion to the American Hockey League in 2016-17. With the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, he had 36 points in 50 games. Those were numbers were good enough to earn him some time with the New York Islanders. In 21 games, he had 10 points. He had some good moments but not enough of them.
This season, the talented winger made the team out of training camp. He had a good preseason and the Islanders had high hopes for the 21-year-old. After a mixture of playing and getting scratched he was sent back to the AHL for further seasoning. He did get into six games and he had four points. Offense wasn’t the issue, it never is, it’s the way he plays that makes coaches nervous. He’s a risk/reward kind of player and he is prone to some turnovers that current NHL coaches don’t like. Doug Weight is going through his first season as Islanders coach after taking over for Jack Capuano last year. He’s trying to show the prospect what his expectations are.
Here’s a look at his skill:
Josh Ho-Sang has NHL licensed rookie cards in 2017-18 MVP Hockey as well as Artifacts and O-Pee-Chee. His official Young Guns rookie card will be in 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey when it debuts next month.
Ho-Sang is a player who can burst on the scene once he puts it all together. Time will tell if he can live up to expectations. However, I wouldn’t bet against him.
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