Joshua Ho-Sang, the Islanders' second first round draft pick (28th overall) of the 2014 NHL entry draft, was scratched yet again on Monday night by Bridgeport of the AHL -- the fourth time this season he's been a healthy scratch.
Arthur Staple of Newsday sent out a series of tweets Monday in response to the benching, mentioning that there could be 'issues between player and organization at work' and that last year's much publicized oversleeping issue was not the first mistake by Ho-Sang since he joined the organization.
Aside from all that, Staple said there is no truth to the trade rumors surrounding the 20-year-old and that the team is behind him to succeed.
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Ho-Sang had a terrific training camp this past fall, but was never truly in the mix for a roster spot to begin the campaign with the big club. It was always the target, I believe, for him to spend his first professional season in the AHL under the eye of Brent Thompson.
Ho-Sang has always been terrific on the puck, exciting and dazzling, and his OHL career scoring totals of 82-210-292 in 256 games back up that scouting report. It's his development as a professional and doing what it takes away from the offensive side that seems to be the immediate issue early on in his career.
He has only tallied two goals in 24 games and has not been shooting (31 shots on goal). His 11 assists make his final stat line look less depressing, but the little things still seem to be eluding the dynamic playmaker.
Speaking to CT News Sound Tigers beat reporter Michael Fornabaio, Thompson noted, "The effort level was there. He has to have that, the effort on and off the ice. It's every day. Even in the weight room, taking the opportunity to get stronger. There's a lot that goes into these kids' developing to where we project them to be."
While mentioning that Ho-Sang has made progress this year and taken "huge steps in the right direction," there obviously is still quite a ways to go if a heathy scratch is the direction they choose for him.
I've never been a scout, or a general manger, or a coach at the pro level. And never will be. It's hard to say what Ho-Sang will develop into at this point, but one thing is certain -- It's time for Islanders management to realize there could be serious potential in a 60-point player with defensive deficiencies, as long as he is paired with the right line-mates.
The thinking of trying to mold the 'perfect Islander' might be admirable, but when it's not there, is it worth wasting instead of playing to the obvious offensive strengths?
Post-Holiday notes: Michael Dal Colle has put up 7-6-13 in 28 games with 52 shots on goal and seems to be coming along just fine, according to multiple sources, who are all complimentary with his play as well as how he has adjusted to life as a pro. Same as Ho-Sang, the plan was always for Dal Colle to spend his first season in Bridgeport. Why Ryan Pulock is still there is anyone's guess….Brian Compton of NHL.com reported Tuesday morning that Anders Lee got engaged over the holiday weekend….Braden Holtby starts his fourth game this season against the Islanders Tuesda night. ... Jaroslav Halak will make his third against the Capitals….In the three previous meetings between the clubs, Alex Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom have zero points and 16 combined shots on goal.