21-Year-Old Right Wing – New York Islanders
Josh Ho-Sang Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders in October 2014.
Ho-Sang notched two assists in a 3-2 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Ho-Sang has the talent to make an impact at the NHL level but his attitude and lack of maturity are the main reasons he fell to the end of the first-round in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. That maturity popped up again during training camp last season when he showed up late on the first day. The Islanders sent him a message by immediately sending back down to the OHL. To his credit however he worked hard and put up his best season to date too put him firmly back in the Islanders future plans. He won't break camp with the team in October but could make his NHL debut during the season should the need arise and will certainly be pushing for a spot on the team next season. What Ho-Sang does best is stick handle although that can also get him in trouble as he can hold onto the puck to long and that will get you in trouble at the pro level. His future is as a top nine forward.
The only reason Ho-Sang fell during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft was because of maturity and character issues, but those may be behind him now. He submitted a huge season at the OHL level, producing 17 goals and 64 assists in 60 games. Ho-Sang is a top-tier offensive talent that possesses all of the skills to be a top-six forward in the NHL. Does he need to learn to be a team player? Yes, but that should come in time as he rises through the system and plays with more skilled teammates. He’s a player to watch in keeper and dynasty leagues, but is unlikely to have a chance to make the Islanders until the 2016-17 season at the earliest.
Ho-Sang possesses one of the best skill sets of the 2014 draft class. So why did he slip to the Islanders at the 28th overall pick? The NHL struggles with larger-than-life personalities, instead demanding that those with charisma “tuck in.” Ho-Sang doesn’t tuck in. Not even close. He’s confident -- borderline cocky -- about his own skills, and arguably, rightfully so. He’s a magician with the puck, but like the Leafs’ Nazem Kadri, he tends to make one too many dips or doodles, ultimately losing the puck just inside the opponent’s blue line. While he’s not exactly abysmal in his own zone, it’s hard to call him average there, either. In the right system and with the right support, Ho-Sang could be a steal. And John Tavares could be just the guy to turn this hotshot into a star. Considering some of the alternatives, Long Island might actually represent one of the better landing spot for the enigmatic Ho-Sang.