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Last Chance for New York Islanders Joshua Ho-Sang?

Joshua Ho-Sang and the Islanders agreed on a one-year contract earlier today.

Earlier today the New York Islanders and Joshua Ho-Sang avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, two-way contract ($700k/225k). Ho-Sang will enter his fifth professional season after being selected by the Islanders with the 28th overall pick in 2014. During his first three professional seasons, Ho-Sang had stints in the Islanders line-up, but last season he only spent time in the AHL and split time between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and San Antonia Rampage.

Given the current economic uncertainty and circumstances it is not a huge surprise that the two parties in this case agreed on a one-year deal. However, a person must wonder whether this is the 24-year-old’s last chance in New York or possibly the NHL. If so, why?

Too New School?

There is no question that Josh Ho-Sang is a polarizing story and figure within the hockey world. He comes from a much different circumstance than a massive majority of players in the game today. Ho-Sang has never been afraid of being demonstrative and can play the part of a European soccer sniper who relishes in his offensive feats. That act works in soccer, but that brash self-belief sometimes flies in the face of an NHL model that gets annoyed with anything other than status quo. One could argue that Ho-Sang represents the cultural juxtaposition of new school tolerance versus the old school mentality that has been under the microscope over the last 12 months.

I will not open that box in this article, but it needed to be mentioned. Especially if this is the Torontonian’s last NHL contract.

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Ho-Sang Offensive Numbers

One really cannot argue with Ho-Sang’s productivity  His numbers are not off the charts, but they have been consistent. During his 53 NHL games Ho-Sang registered 7 goals and 17 assists (24).  Not outstanding, but better than average at nearly a half point per game. During his 178 AHL games thus far, Ho-Sang has tallied 30 goals and 93 assists (123). Again, not outrageous but pretty darn solid.

It will be interesting to see what happens after this contract for Ho-Sang. If this is does end up being his last contract, then he will definitely have a bright future ahead of him in Europe!

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