In a day and age where young stars are dominating the game, it’s hard to find one that has slipped through the cracks that can be productive in your fantasy league now and for years to come. The 2014 NHL Entry Draft, though not considered a strong draft, produced a group of high profile players. These players include the likes of Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, Leon Draisaitl, Nikolaj Ehlers, and David Pastrnak just to name a handful. One player who you might not recognize just yet is Josh Ho-Sang who was selected 28th overall by the New York Islanders. Josh is a gifted set-up man. In his junior career, he was almost a point-per-game player in assists alone and has 36 points in 48 games in the AHL showing he can match up to larger competition. Ho-Sang was called up to the NHL on March 1st on an emergency basis and is hoping to secure himself a permanent role.
The knock on Ho-Sang is undoubtedly his attitude. Known as a kid who would rather do his own thing, it is unknown how he will fit in with the “team first” NHL. During his time in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires and Niagara IceDogs, he was the kind of player who would be last on the ice and first off the ice for practice. He called out Hockey Canada for not inviting him to try out for Canada’s U-18 team after being called “un-coachable”. He even slept in, missing Day 1 of Islanders training camp in 2015. Despite all this, Ho-Sang has pleaded that he has learned his lesson and that he will let his play speak for itself.
Ho-Sang could turn out to be the biggest gem of the 2014 draft class. I’m not denying the skill of Aaron Ekblad or David Pastrnak, etc, however if Josh can manage to take control of the pace of a game like he did with Niagara and Bridgeport Sound (AHL), then he will be a force for many years. Here is a glimpse of some of the skill Ho-Sang brings to the Isles.
In that clip, what you see is a young man with the ability to see an opportunity and change the game. Ho-Sang has good speed, great hands, and is able to see the game one step ahead of everyone else.
Currently with 6 points (3-3-6) in 8 games with the Islanders, Ho-Sang is making a good case to stay on the roster during the Isles playoff run and the foreseeable future. He has been juggled around the first and second lines and has experienced some good chemistry with John Tavares. He is also being used on the Islanders power-play manning the point where he can showcase his bomb of a shot. This being said, what fantasy owners would like to see is Ho-Sang take a few more shots. He has only taken 10 shots in his 8 games which translates into a 30% shooting percentage. Once he gains full confidence to take more shots, expect him to evolve into a point-per-game player.
It goes without saying that Ho-Sang is a must add in dynasty formats. There is nothing in his game that shows any sign of slowing down as a power-play quarterback and at 21 years of age will continue to develop his game and chemistry with Tavares. As the young winger earns more and more ice-time, he won’t last long in your free agent pool.