New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang is the perfect example of a young talented hockey player that may have some growing up to do if he is to be successful in the NHL. If he is unsuccessful it will not be because of lack of ability. Ho –Sang has plenty of ability. He can skate, shoot and make defenders look silly with an array of fakes and shift in his extensive repertoire. It may be his talent that is the root cause of his problems.
For a young player he is very outspoken and doesn’t mind saying just what’s on his mind. While some are okay with it, others like teammates and coaches can find in infuriating. Newsday reports that Ho-Sang was late for the first day of Islanders training camp, and as a result was shipped back to Niagara of the OHL. His camp ended before it began.
Ho-Sang arrived late to Islanders training camp and experienced firsthand the difference between what a coach may tolerate in youth hockey and what is not acceptable in the major leagues. Sending him home is a appropriate response by the Islanders, who could have found a less extreme punishment that still would have taught the 19-year-old a lesson about being a professional.Some point out that Ho-Sang has been controversial figure for his outspoken battle with Hockey Canada over not being invited to national team camp. His comments about hockey culture earned him plenty of support, while others questioned the appropriateness of his comments.
When the New York Islanders selected Josh Ho-Sang with the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, it was viewed as a controversial pick. Despite his exceptional skills, Ho-Sang had numerous red flags about his character and attitude which had him descending down draft boards throughout the year.
As a result, Ho-Sang has become a much talked about figure. Some feel he has had his reputation unfairly , while others look at the problems that led to his exit from the Windsor Spitfires and his repeated omission from Hockey Canada rosters as feeding the undesirable narrative
This latest unfortunate incident just adds more fuel to the fire. Ho-Sang was shipped back to Niagara of the OHL and as a result squandered a chance to impress the Islanders brass with his talent. His camp ended before it began and the fault lies in a lack of preparation and discipline that he should have learned in youth sports.
The tough love from an organization that sees the talent Ho-Sang possesses may be looked at by some as extreme based on his youth.
Even if there was a legitimate circumstance for being late, Ho-Sang should at least have told the Islanders which is what a “mature” player would certainly do..
It’s got to be disappointing for the 19-year-old Ho-Sang, but if he is successful at the elite level he will have to grow-up quickly or experience great disappointment. The outcome is up to him, and he will not long be able to fall on the inexperience of his youth.
fans have probably already forgotten that Hall of Famer Denis Potvin missed a team bus and plane for a hockey game as a rookie. Of course he made up for that error by later becoming the captain of the team that won 4 Stanley Cups to go along with his 3 Norris Trophies as the best defenseman in the NHL.
Potvin matured quickly and Ho-Sang must do the same if he is to achieve his potential.