You can describe the Islanders with many different words and adjectives -- whatever your heart desires -- but coherent would be far from the list.
It's difficult to gauge what plans this team has in store for the future other than being in a constant state of mediocrity and in perpetual rebuild mode.
Even when there are positives, like Mathew Barzal's incredible rookie campaign, there are plenty of distractions that keep you wondering if this team has any real leadership in the front office.
Take for example the Josh Ho-Sang situation. If this were most other professional organizations, Ho-Sang might be developing as he should be, potentially blossoming in the NHL with a skillset that's perfect for today's speed game.
But this is the Islanders, and of course, the situation has gone awry.
Ho-Sang spoke to Arthur Staple of The Athletic this week and did not hold back his feelings about how this season has gone.
"I love those guys, I want to make that clear," Ho-Sang told Staple. "I know they're working hard. But I got sent down for defense and what are they in goals against in the NHL? I only played  games up there this year. I don't think it's my fault. They really painted it like it was my fault at the beginning of the year and I didn't like that."
Say what you will about Ho-Sang and his on and off ice demeanor, but at least he's honest and transparent about the way he feels he's been jerked around this season. To be fair, his play with the puck and in his own zone needs plenty of improvement. There's no denying that. But this bout between Ho-Sang and the Islanders reads like it goes much farther than the details on the ice.
The Islanders knew they were getting a player that was known for attitude problems when they selected him at the end of the first round in 2014. After all, that's the largely the reason he fell that late in the draft that year.
But what seems hypocritical is the statement Snow gave to Staple and what he's continually said about the situation regarding Ho-Sang.
"Josh has to learn how to be reliable not only on the ice but off the ice," Snow said. "He's going to be held accountable like every other player in this organization and that's why he's in Bridgeport."
But is everyone in the organization really being held accountable? It's really difficult to see it that way. Have Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas been reprimanded or lost ice time for their poor play this season? Not so much.
As Ho-Sang notes at the end of Staple's piece, a lot of the discussion has centered around the forward's inability defensively and that he needs to refine his skills. That's all well and good, but there are plenty of skaters on the Islanders right now that don't possess those skills or the dynamic capabilities that the 22-year-old brings in the offensive zone.
But as the not-so-quiet rumors indicate, Ho-Sang still needs to mature off the ice and in the locker room. Personally, I don't know if that means he doesn't get along with teammates or the front office, but something has obviously kept him in the doghouse for essentially his entire Islanders tenure. There was no harm in bringing up Ho-Sang over the last month or so. His defense would not have made things much worse than it was already. The sample is obviously a small one, but the Islanders were a better team when Ho-Sang was part of it.
What makes Ho-Sang being in the AHL even more frustrating is the fact that this hinders the development of another top prospect. Because if we step back for just a second and collect our thoughts, how well has Snow done developing first-round talent? It didn't work out with Ryan Strome, Nino Niederreiter, Griffin Reinhart, and it's looking like it's a similar story with Michael Dal Colle. Either the Islanders are that bad at evaluating top-tier talent, or they just can't develop it when they have it.
So when Snow talks about everyone being held accountable, maybe he should take a long look in the mirror.