Josh Ho-Sang has been in the AHL for two weeks, and with a roster spot opening up on Wednesday, it begs the question: Is it time to bring him back?
Nikolay Kulemin, who sustained an upper body injury in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Oilers, was placed on injured reserve. Alan Quine (conditioning) was recalled, but he was already on the team's 23-man roster, which means a slot is still available.
Ho-Sang was sent to to Bridgeport on October 25, where he has averaged a point per game (two goals, four assists in six contents) since his demotion. He posted four points, all assists, in his six games with the Isles.
There's a lot to unpack on Ho-Sang. At first blush, his demotion just seemed like another IsLOLanders moment of player development. But this article is an incredible look into the on-air issues that led to Ho-Sang's demotion, and what he needs to work on before he comes back.
Now, should the Isles be trotting Jason Chimera or -- to a lesser extent -- Kulemin out there every night at the sacrifice of Ho-Sang? Absolutely not. At his best, JHS is a legitimately top-six forward, and at his worst, he's a young player who is learning to be a consistent NHL contributor. But the Isles are legitimate contenders for the Metropolitan division, and I can also understand why Doug Weight demands Ho-Sang reins in the giveaways and ridiculously long shifts before trusting him with valuable ice time.
If it were me, I'd bring Ho-Sang back and place Chimera on waivers, but only if the Isles are committed to playing him every day. Eventually, there's going to be another roster crunch coming when Shane Prince -- who recently started skating in practice -- is ready, and more tough choices will be made.
Before the Isles get to that point, find out if Ho-Sang is capable of making the necessary adjustments to be part of the club this year. The potential reward is just too high to let him simply skate circles around the competition in the AHL.