The Isles Demoted Josh Ho-Sang Because Of Course They Did

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The Islanders mismanaging a prospect? Why they. would. never.

This is like when Jim left Scranton to work in the Stamford office when you knew he and Pam were destined for each other. Made no sense then and it makes no sense now. Like Jim and Pam, JT and an elite winger, Cappy and his one tie; JHS and the Islanders just need each other. Yet here we are, trying to figure out where to go next with an offense that’s stuttering out of the gate and a powerplay that could use a good puck-mover with quick feet [thinking face emoji].

I think people are so heavily invested in Ho-Sang because he’s going to either be extremely good or never make it at all. The anticipation of seeing just how his career will play out is why so many gravitate towards him as a player. The seesaw of raw talent and energy is constantly battling with the weight of his individuality and need to put his own spice into everything he does. It’s both extremely exciting and extremely exhausting; every good play is hyped up and every bad play is remembered a little longer than normal.

When Dougie sat JHS for the remainder of last week’s win over the Rangers I got the message he was trying to send. I think everyone did. JHS had made some poor decisions by opting to pass off a few good looks on net and as a coach that’s something you want to nip in the bud early with a 21-year old former 1st-round pick. I got it, it ticked me off, but I got it.

Fast forward two healthy scratches for Sanger and we find ourselves here, with JHS on a bus to Connecticut and me wishing I wasn’t writing this blog at the moment.

From the outside looking in, this seems like Dougie is unsure of how to handle the 21-year old. As much of a threat as he is on offense, he’s a liability on defense, and figuring out how to fix this at a young age is a big task to take on. Finding a way to properly nurture the raw talent JHS has as a playmaker while completely rebuilding his game on defense is of the utmost importance for this club and their choice is to throw him into a league where he’ll put up multiple points and face 1 or 2 NHL-level forwards a night doesn’t really seem to be the smartest of moves.

He’ll gain some confidence, sure, but that’s the last thing this kid needs. If you want the guy with NHL-level talent to learn how to make decisions at an NHL-level speed, and be able to handle himself against NHL-level forwards, then keep him in the NHL.