At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were high hopes on the shoulders of New York Islanders star prospect Josh Ho-Sang, who was going in with the objective of completing his first full NHL season with the Isles.
Well, it did not go according to the plans. And now with the recent comments of one of the organization's coaches, it may be a while before the 21-year-old is trusted again with a significant role on the NHL roster.
Ho-Sang, who was recently sent down by the Islanders to further his development, was scratched last night, presumably because AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson wants more consistency.
“Inconsistency is probably one of the biggest negatives,” Thompson said. “There are times he can be the best player on the ice. There are times he can be the worst.”
But, the coach also revealed, in an interview with the New York Post, that much more is needed from the star prospect...
“He’s a baby,” Thompson said. “He’s a baby, he’s immature and he’s got a lot of growing to do."
Blunt. However, Thompson also commented on the forward's talent and his potential for a successful future in the NHL.
"The upside of him is outstanding. He worked hard today, he’s been working really hard. We all make mistakes, we all have bad games. It’s how do we respond from those and what do we learn from them? Every piece of this season for Josh, with us, is a development piece.
“It’s just going to be a longer process with some people.”
Longer is not what Ho-Sang had in mind when he suited up for his first game of the season with the Islanders.
“Yeah, I’m only young, but I’m burning years off my NHL career. It sucks,” he said to the Post. “You want to be up top. For me, I didn’t look at it this way until this year. I was looking forward to hopefully my first [full] NHL season.”
Could he be used as trade bait?!
Some fans have grown more and more worried that the Islanders might use Ho-Sang as trade bait if management is to pull a major move before the Feb. 26 deadline.
The 21-year-old had recorded two goals and 12 points in 22 games with the Islanders this season, after racking up four goals and six assists in 21 games for New York in his 2016-17 as a rookie.
We will have to keep an eye on him as he could be part of a deal ahead of the trade deadline. Who knows?!
Always a little bit of controversy with him...
Drafted 28th overall by the Islanders in the 2014 NHL Draft, Ho-Sang caused a stir when he started his career after choosing to wear No. 66, a number made famous, of course, by Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux.
He also was at the centre of a controversy at the Isles training camp in 2015. Ho-Sang ended up being sent back to junior ahead of the 2015-16 season after showing up late to the first day of Islanders training camp.
What is next for the star prospect?