The AHL is an ever-changing environment. A difficult league with a mixed bag of player types and constant moving parts. Throughout the last couple weeks of October we we’ve been pestered with the seasonal chatter of the entry-level-slide limit of nine games played. While several NHL teams have offered their rookies spot-starts throughout the month, they’ve apparently also been doing some higher level evaluation on their youngsters who ARE eligible for the AHL.
In the month of October, the NHL offices have been swamped processing each teams recalls and reassignments [https://capfriendly.com/transactions/recalls-reassignment], below are some of the more notable demotions and how they may affect the player and the AHL team they’re joining.
Josh Ho-Sang | 28th overall, 2014 – New York Islanders (9-6-2) / Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6-7-0)
Rank on DobberProspects Islanders Page: 2nd
Ho-Sang’s demotion was one of the most surprising of October. Considering how the Islanders can be starved of offense at times after their top trio, Ho-sang seemed like a virtual lock to continue the season in Brooklyn. After being benched against the Rangers mid-month, JHS watched the next two Islander wins from the press box before being sent to Bridgeport. While the Islanders continue to win games without Ho-Sang in the lineup, his best home is in Bridgeport where he will receive optimal ice time lead the offense for an otherwise struggling group.
Update: Ho-Sang was recalled by the Islanders on Saturday after an injury to to Anthony Beauvillier. The Islanders, who suddenly again found themselves short on offense (see above) were pleased with Ho-Sang in his recall. The 21-year-old, who is on an emergency recall basis, buried a shot three minutes into the second period giving the Islanders a 4-1 lead against the Blues. Given his emergency status, Ho-Sang can stay with the team for 30 days or 10 games, whichever comes first, though that official status can be changed at any time.
Lawson Crouse | 11th overall, 2015 – Arizona Coyotes (2-14-3) / Tucson Roadrunners