Is this the year Josh Ho-Sang and the New York Islanders finally go their separate ways? It certainly seems that way.
The 25-year-old Ho-Sang is close to signing a two-way deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period. That would likely mean Ho-Sang would start with the AHL Toronto Marlies next season.
Josh Ho-Sang was originally drafted by the Islanders 28th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Then general manager Garth Snow moved back into the first round to select Ho-Sang after taking Michael Dal Colle with the fifth overall pick earlier that evening.
Ho-Sang’s time with the Islanders has been a whirlwind for both sides. He appeared in 53 NHL games with the Islanders putting up seven goals and 24 points. There was plenty of promise for the talented forward following a 21 game stint at the end of the 2016-17 season, where scored four goals and recorded 10 points during his first crack at the NHL.
In 178 games at the AHL level, Josh Ho-Sang has scored 30 goals and 123 points.
Josh Ho-Sang has had trouble cracking the Islanders lineup and requested a trade out of Long Island in 2019. The Islanders were unable to find a new home for the forward and he was loaned to the St. Louis Blues’ AHL team. After coming to terms last season with Ho-Sang on a two-way deal, the Islanders again loaned him away this time to the SHL’ Orebro.
The loan was short-lived after Orebro terminated his loan because he was not in game shape. He then joined Linkoping on loan.
“We felt that with our schedule only being 24 games at the American League level, that he would get the chance to get in the lineup quicker and a greater volume of games in a shorter period of time,” Bridgeport GM Chris Lamoriello said at the time of the loan.
The talented forward will now get another crack at the NHL with a new opportunity in Toronto.