Back in February, it seemed like forward Josh Ho-Sang’s attitude had finally caught up with him, when the New York Islanders appeared fed up with dealing with the obviously talented prospect, loaning him to another AHL team. They sent the 24-year-old from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to the San Antonio Rampage, but he remained the Islanders’ property. At the time.
Because that all changed on Wednesday when Ho-Sang agreed to a one-year deal with a KHL team for next season.
“While things can change down the road, I’m told plan is to join them at some point after the Isles season wraps,” David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period has reported.
Ho-Sang’s background is an interesting one filled with drama. The former first-round pick (28th overall in 2014) had some great seasons in the OHL. He was talked about quite a bit at the draft, but it was noted that he came with some baggage, specifically an attitude and not really being a team player. This is likely the reason he wasn’t take in the top five or 10 in 2014. Since being drafted by the Islanders, Ho-Sang called outHockey Canada for not being invited to the World Junior camp. He also had to be woken up in his hotel room by team officials during an Islanders training camp while his teammates were already on the ice. He was cut immediately and sent to the AHL.
So far, Ho-Sang has played 53 games in the NHL, putting up seven goals and 24 points. After being cut from the team at the beginning of 2019-20, management gave him some time to report to the AHL while he apparently collected his thoughts. He demanded a trade, but the Islanders either refused or couldn’t find the return they were looking for. He returned to Bridgeport and ended up in San Antonio.
Now, Russia seems to be next.
The Islanders are playing in the NHL’s playoff tournament, though Ho-Sang was never even considered to travel with the team.
He definitely needs a new start and this KHL adventure could be the best thing for him.