The Islanders weren’t done drafting in a busy first round. After grabbing forward Michael Dal Colle with their fifth overall pick, they traded back into the first round acquiring the Rangers’ first round pick from the Lightning. In a twist of fate, GM Garth Snow sent picks 35 and 57 to Tampa in exchange for pick 28 so the Islanders could select Josh Ho-Sang.
A cocky forward who fell after some question marks about his character, Ho-Sang indicated that he would’ve taken himself first. A Toronto native who finished ranked 22nd among North American skaters, Ho-Sang led the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 85 points (32-53-85) in 67 games. In four postseason contests, he posted a goal and two assists with 10 penalty minutes.
Using the highlight reel above, Ho-Sang is a shifty skater with supreme skill. It’s interesting to note he wore number 66 with Windsor. Listed only at 5-11, 160, he’ll have to get stronger. However, you can see why the Isles felt he was worth the gamble. He got some hands and is definitely a player worth keeping track of.
I almost forgot to mention the highlight of the first round. When Snow was interviewed about taking a risk like Ho-Sang, he didn’t mince words cursing on TSN after NBCSN foolishly dropped the end of round coverage for taped track and field. You had to flip to NHL Network to catch Snow at his absolute best saying, “They shit on me too,” in reference to the media.
When it happened, I didn’t even flinch. The reaction of everyone on Twitter was classic. I don’t blame Snow. The guy can’t win.