Joshua Ho-Sang

New York Islanders
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Fantasy Summary

Extremely talented offensive forward with great individualistic skills. Questions about character just won’t go away though. High risk/high reward fantasy own.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.2
NHL Certainty 8.7
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 22, 1996
Height 5‘11”
Weight 160 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 1; Overall: 28

Observations

June 2018 – It was a frustrating year for Ho-Sang and that frustration bubbled over into the press. From producing 12 points in 22 games in the NHL to being a healthy scratch in the AHL, the 2014 first round pick has been the enigma that many thought he might be. He doesn’t have much to work with in terms of his level of talent and speed in Bridgeport (AHL) and that holds him back a bit. His flashy and flamboyant style also can lack the necessary pro ingredients to make an impact even when not scoring. That said, it stands to reason that Ho-Sang will be in the Isles lineup for much of next season at the least. His speed, skills and stick-handling have game-breaker upside but the bottom-end of the scale for him is enough to get him on a coach’s bad side quickly. The NHL game is played in tight near the net and Ho-Sang struggles to get there and/or be effective there with his size and style – he’ll need just the right combination to have an impact that matches his skill set. Michael Farkas

July 2017 – After an energizing NHL showing at the tail end of 2016-17 (4 G, 6 A, 21 games) following up a solid rookie AHL campaign in Bridgeport (10 G, 26 A, 50 games) Ho-Sang is a surprising Mini-Camp participant. Brought in to mentor less experienced players as well as refine his game, his four-point Blue-White Scrimmage performance featured slick playmaking and finishing skills that should help him land an increased role with the Isles. Kevin Wickersham

November 2016 – Joshua Ho-Sang -. Many people will be quick to criticize Ho-Sang as a selfish player with a chip on his shoulder. To me, all offensive players are a bit selfish. They have to be. They want the puck on their stick because they have the confidence to know that they can make a good play. In Junior, this method has a bit more success than in Pro. Many high scoring junior players learn the hard way that the transition is not as easy, and you must use the players around you more to have success. Ho-Sang was ultimately released from the Islanders during camp, and sent to the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Six points in 10 games suggests that he is adjusting nicely to the level he is at. He is a dynamic offensive talent with the ability to make defenders look silly. This is typical ‘boom or bust’ as they say. If Ho-Sang can figure out a complete game, and learn the ins and outs of Professional Hockey then he has the talent to be a scorer at the NHL level. The tough part will be predicting when, and if, that opportunity is given to him. Kevin Pedersen

July 2016 – In his second season playing junior since being drafted by the Islanders, Ho-Sang was just okay. He posted 58 primary points in 66 games played, good for twenty-first in the OHL. Ho-Sang only managed 19 goals on 131 shots, numbers far below what one would expect from a top prospect in their 19 year-old season. It is concerning how Ho-Sang’s goal scoring and shot production rates have slipped dramatically since his draft year. It will be very interesting to see how Ho-Sang fares in his first pro season, presumably with Bridgeport. Perhaps he just needs a new challenge. Brent Craswell

Nov 2015 – Since being demoted on the first day of Islanders training camp, Ho-Sang has again been impressive in the OHL for the Niagara IceDogs. He has registered 26 points in 17 games, 20 of those points being assists as he prefers to set up plays rather than finish them. Ho-Sang is again a top OHL player, and past antics aside, should be on any keeper squad. Pat Quinn

 

Oct 2015 – As everyone knows by now Ho-Sang was sent back to Junior after showing up late for the first day of Islanders training camp. It will be a big time wake up call for the kid with the “trouble” label attached to him. He is still a very smart and skilled player and his past should have no bearing on his future outlook as he is one to own in keeper leagues. He currently has four points in two games for the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. Pat Quinn

 

April 2015 – With 19 points in 11 games Ho-Sang was traded from the Windsor Spitfires to the Niagara Icedogs where he put up 62 points in 49 games. This season he worked on using his teammates more as he put up 64 assists in total this season, more than any other. It explains his low goal totals (17), but it was an area he wanted to show the Islanders he could improve in this season. While he remains selfish at times he is improving all over the ice and should keep progressing well. Pat Quinn

 

October 2014 –Windsor forward Josh Ho-Sang has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series and will compete in the November 17th game in Kingston. Since serving his six-game suspension to start the season, Josh Ho-Sang has rifled off three goals and seven points in his first three games back. The Subway Super Series will provide Ho-Sang with an opportunity to finally show Hockey Canada that he can impact the 2015 U20 WJC team after being left off summer orientation camp rosters. Brendan Ross

 

June 2014 – The New York Islanders selected Josh Ho-Sang 28th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

 

April 2014 – Josh Ho-Sang was suspended 15 games for a dangerous play that resulted in Knights defenseman Zach Bell breaking his leg in Game 3 of the first round series versus London. The suspension has been one of the most debated disciplinary actions of the season and the video can be viewed below. Ho-Sang will start serving his 15-game suspension at the start of the 2014-15 OHL season. Brendan Ross

 

April 2014 – Josh Ho-Sang had a successful sophomore season recording career highs in goals (32), assists (53), points (85), plus/minus (+26) and penalty minutes (44) topping his team in scoring. He improved his defensive commitment and attention to detail but remains a high-risk style of player who relies on dangerous passing plays all too often. Heading towards the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Ho-Sang is one of the draft’s top skaters and a player with big upside but he does come with some concerns – mainly, his size and carefree offensive game. Brendan Ross

 

August 2013 – The Windsor Spitfires quickly snapped up Joshua Ho-Sang at 5th overall after he experienced a slight fall at the 2012 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Ho-Sang, a former star of the Toronto Marlboros of the GTHL, is a highly skilled, dynamic forward with elite skating ability. It’s not uncommon to witness Ho-Sang dancing his way down the ice showcasing impressive puck skills in ultimate confidence. Opponents are forced to give him extra space to ensure he doesn’t make them look silly by accelerating or dangling past them. However, while Ho-Sang’s offensive prowess is certainly captivating, too often he is guilty of playing too much like an individual forcing plays and looking off teammates. Assumming Ho-Sang can learn to best utilize his teammates and improve his team game, he has the chance to develop into a true star.  Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL - - - - - |          
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 7 4 5 9 2 |          
 2011-2012 Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA GTMMHL 30 31 48 79 24 |          
  Toronto Marlboros Mn Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 5 2 4 6 19 |          
 2012-2013 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 14 30 44 22 |          
  Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 5 3 2 5 0 |          
 2013-2014 Windsor Spitfires OHL 67 32 53 85 44 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3 10 
 2014-2015 Windsor Spitfires OHL 11 3 16 19 8 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 1 2 3 0 |          
  Niagara IceDogs OHL 49 14 48 62 38 | Playoffs 11 1 15 16 18 
 2015-2016 Niagara IceDogs OHL 66 19 63 82 44 | Playoffs 17 6 20 26
 2016-2017 New York Islanders NHL 21 4 6 10 12 |          
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 50 10 26 36 24 |          
 2017-2018 New York Islanders NHL 22 2 10 12 2 |          
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 50 8 23 31 40 |          
 2018-2019 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL - - - - - |          

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