Josh Ho-Sang's NHL career is only four games old, but he has certainly turned some heads thus far. SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss:
Josh Ho-Sang has made his presence felt in his first handful of games with the big club, and now he even has an NHL goal to show for it. So, Andy, what are your impressions of Ho-Sang thus far?
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I have liked what I have seen. From his first three games, I figured the points would eventually come, provided he just continued playing his style, and that's what happened in Edmonton. He's fast, skilled, and plays with no trepidation. The kid is not intimidated in the least by the big lights of the NHL, that's for sure. He looks heady and composed. I've become a fan.
It's hard not to be. The skill level is just off the charts. Did you see the movement on that shot from the point? Unreal. It's easy to see what makes his ceiling so high.
You 're a huge baseball guy, Brian, so I know you'll appreciate this analogy: It was like a Mariano Rivera cutter. Looks so simple, yet with that kind of movement, it's very deceptive and difficult to handle.
I especially like the way he is playing in his own zone and how he has taken to his assignments, been responsible at knowing when to chip it up the boards or skate it, and actively looked for the outlet pass. Some of his passes have been sublime, some you might not even notice unless you're really keying on him.
It's particularly exciting because he looks so refined doing it all. I think a lot of people were worried he'd be undisciplined, especially playing the point on the power play, but that really couldn't be any further from the truth.
That is a fantastic point. I, for one, didn't know what to expect. Michael Fornabaio, who covers the Sound Tigers, had been keeping me up to date on his progress. But not having seen it with my own eyes, I would not have assumed he would be so mature at this stage. I know it's been only four games, but it has been a terrific audition so far.
So that leads to the most obvious question: Will he stay up and keep playing the rest of the way?
I believe so, yes. And I thought that before the Shane Prince injury Wednesday night, which just further reinforces my position. Ho-Sang has provided a jolt to secondary scoring that must continue if the team is going to make a serious run at that final wild card spot. And with rosters now expanded following the trade deadline, there's no reason for him to go back to Bridgeport unless he completely falls apart, which I don't see happening.
I agree. And seeing him play in these big games down the stretch will go a long way in steering the offseason plans. If the Isles have a talented, skilled winger who can score at this level in-house, there's no need to go and overpay for one via a trade. So his performance, or lack thereof, can help dictate GM Garth Snow's summer agenda as well.
True, and I'm sure we will delve into once the smoke settles on the '16-'17 season. But for now, Ho-Sang clearly looks like he belongs.
I also have to give credit to interim head coach Doug Weight for how he has handled the entire situation. From the beginning, he wasn't hesitant to throw ice time at the youngster or put him out on the second power play unit. And he's not shielding him from late-game minutes when leading. Excellent job by Weight.
And excellent job by Ho-Sang to take the opportunity and run with it. Hopefully, Weight will continue to lean heavily on him, as he's done thus far in Josh's young career. Some players can just rise to the occasion, and of all that's ever been said about Ho-Sang, I don't think he's ever been accused of lacking confidence. So let's keep seeing what this kid is made of, because thus far, he hasn't let anyone down.