Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Josh Ho-Sang Autographed Card

A little bit of weirdness yesterday, as the New York Islanders called up then re-demoted prospect Josh Ho-Sang in a matter of hours, without having played a single game.

Ho-Sang is a polarizing player, very skilled but with a debatable/questionable work ethic. He's been late to practice with every team he's been on, including on the very first day of his very first Islanders training camp after being drafted. He also has a temper, as signified by the fact that he's been suspended in Juniors for breaking an opponent's leg with a check from behind.

On the other hand, his skill level has been compared to that of a Johnny Gaudreau or a Mitch Marner, with a somewhat diminutive physique, standing at just 5'11" and 160 pounds. His self-confidence is akin to a P.K. Subban's, which is perhaps why he's letting a lot of it get to his head.

Of note that while he did dominate in the OHL, he is not yet a point-per-game player in the AHL, with 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points in 48 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers so far. If there is a GM who will give him as many chances as possible, however, it's Garth Snow, who has been quoted saying: "He'll fit right in. They shit on me too. We get the players that we feel can help us win. And we don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks."

Let's just hope he matures into something closer to his childhood idol, Mario Lemieux. Here he is sporting the Windsor Spitfires' red uniform, donning #66 in honor of Lemieux, on card #36 from In The Game's 2012-13 Heroes And Prospects set and CHL Rookie sub-set:
He signed it in blue sharpie.

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