Josh Ho-Sang's Islanders career hasn't exactly gone to plan.
The Islanders made Ho-Sang the No. 28 overall pick in the 2014 Draft and last season was supposed to be his breakout campaign but he couldn't break out of Bridgeport, spending most of his season in the AHL. He played just 22 games with the Islanders, scoring four goals and adding six assists.
Heading into this season, there's a feeling of optimism around the Islanders. With a new coach and general manager, there are fresh starts aplently. As such, Ho-Sang was asked for his expectations for the upcoming season.
"None," Ho-Sang said, via Newsday. "I just want to listen and I want to soak everything in. Last year was a hard year for me."
Indeed, Ho-Sang was dropped to Bridgport after just six games with the Islanders. The 22-year-old believes the experience made him stronger.
"I had to become stronger last year mentally," Ho-Sang said. "For me, it was a great learning experience. I never had a year like last year. Not even to deal with hockey. It was a hard year for me. I feel happy and healthier and I'm excited for the year."
Now, with Barry Trotz on the bench and Lou Lamoriello pulling the strings, Ho-Sang welcomes the change.
"I'm happy to get a fresh start," Ho-Sang said. "I think everyone needed it."
Ho-Sang and the Islanders open their season on Oct. 4 against the Hurricanes on the road.