After a very strong showing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the New York Islanders have decided to recall Josh Ho-Sang.
For the first time since his banishment to Bridgeport after a 22 game stint in the NHL last year, Josh Ho-Sang has been recalled by the New York Islanders. Ho-Sang was selected 28th by the Islanders in 2014 and has 43 NHL games under his belt so far.
His first stint came in 2016-2017 down the final stretch of the season. In 21 games, he had 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) and really help lead the Islanders offense, so much so they nearly made the playoffs in a last-ditch effort in March.
The next year it was assumed he would be a lock on the Isles roster. We were wrong. He started the season as a healthy scratch and eventually got sent down after 22 games. With 22 points in 43 career games, he’s at a 42 point pace over a full 82 game season.
After a slow start at the AHL level this year, he called out the Islanders treatment of him. He was promoted to the top-line in a show me situation and he has done just that. In 26 games he has 22 points (2 goals, 20 assists).
He’s currently second in the AHL in terms of assists. He should fit in just fine, the Islanders top-six has been extremely quiet for the past few games and there’s a potential of him providing a spark to the offense.
Ho-Sang should also help on the power play which has been brutal so far this year. He has three points on the power play in his 43 game NHL career, which is more than Cal Clutterbuck has in the last five seasons.
Ho-Sang should be put into the lineup sooner rather than later, and perhaps even with Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee. Barzal and Ho-Sang are the playmakers with Lee a finisher, that could be a lot of fun.
It’s honestly about time he got another chance, hopefully, this time his play keeps him in the NHL, even when Andrew Ladd is set to come back.