Josh Ho-Sang
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Josh Ho-Sang

Hometown:

Thornhill Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-01-22

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

1st round (28th overall), 2014

Weight:

166 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Josh Ho-Sang skated for the Toronto Marlies bantam and midget teams and joined the midget AAA team for its championship run at the 2011 OHL Cup. In seven games at the tournament he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and had 2 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Ho-Sang was dominant in Ontario midget hockey skating alongside 1997-born forward Connor McDavid for the Toronto Marlies. In 30 regular season games he scored 31 goals with 48 assists and had 24 penalty minutes. The Marlies reached the OHL Cup championship game against the Don Mills Flyers and in five games Ho-Sang scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 19 penalty minutes. Ho-Sang was the fifth player taken in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft when he was selected in the first round by Windsor.

2012-13: Ho-Sang skated in 63 OHL games for Windsor as a 16-year-old and played for Canada Ontario in the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 14 goals with 30 assists and was -23 with 22 penalty minutes. One of the OHL’s youngest teams, the Spitfires missed the playoffs; finishing last in the West Division. Ho-Sang scored 3 goals with 2 assists for Canada Ontario in five games at the WHC.

2013-14: Ho-Sang returned to Windsor and was part of a resurgence for the Spitfires; leading the team in scoring. He scored 32 goals, tying Brady Vail for the team lead, and had 53 assists in 67 regular season games; finishing plus-26 with 44 penalty minutes.  Windsor finished second in the West Division and lost to London in a first round playoff series. Ho-Sang scored 1 goal, a power play goal, and was minus-10 with 2 assists and 10 penalty minutes in the four-game series. He was selected to compete for Team Orr in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Ranked 22nd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, Ho-Sang was selected by the Islanders in the first round (28th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Ho-Sang attended his first NHL training camp with the Islanders after before returning to Windsor for his third OHL season. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Islanders in October 2014. Ho-Sang skated in 11 games with the Spitfires after serving a six-game suspension before being acquired by Niagara in a November trade. In 60 regular season games between the two teams he scored 17 goals with 64 assists and was +7 with 46 penalty minutes. The IceDogs finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Ho-Sang scored 1 goal with 15 assists and was -1 with 18 penalty minutes in 11 playoff games. He played for the OHL All-Stars in the Subway Series against Russia, scoring 1 goal with 3 assists but was not selected to play for Canada in the 2015 World Junior Championship.

Talent Analysis

Ho-sang is among the most skilled prospects in the Islanders system with his potential, flashy hands and the ability to put up points. On the other side of things, some have criticized him at times for his perceived selfish play and attitude problems. His abilities with the puck are rare and Ho-Sang can be a game breaker.

Future

Ho-Sang attended Hockey Canada's U20 camp in the summer and is a candidate to skate in the 2016 World Junior Championship. He will attend his second training camp with the Islanders looking to see some NHL time before likely returning to Niagara for his fourth OHL season in 2015-16. Ho-Sang's offensive ability is substantial and he will be a welcome addition when he is NHL-ready — both physically and in his approach to the game.

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