Josh Ho-Sang Draft Profile

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I was quite rough on Josh Ho-Sang last year, after what I would consider to be a disappointing rookie season (considering the hype he entered the league with). Ho-Sang played with a lot of frustration in his freshman year, forcing plays, committing turnovers, and demonstrated a severe case of tunnel vision. This season, most of those concerns were improved upon considerably. Quite frankly, I was very impressed with the progression of his game in 2013-14. Ho-Sang was a danger to create scoring chances nearly every time he hit the ice because he was able to display more poise and utilize his teammates better. His stick handling ability is so terrific that he’s able to draw a lot of attention to himself and bide time for his linemates to find holes in the defence.

Ho-Sang is starting to develop patience with the puck and is more comfortable letting defenders come to him, rather than constantly attacking in a north/south style of way. His play away from the puck and effort on the back check got better as the season went on and it’s clear that Windsor’s coaching staff was harping on him to improve in that area. He’s still got a ways to go, but the effort made towards improving is encouraging. All that being said, the way Ho-Sang finished the season looms over him like a black cloud. He was awful in his first round playoff series against London, reverting back to the way he had played last season as rookie, forcing plays and playing recklessly. This came to a head when he sent Zach Bell hard into the boards, breaking his leg. Ho-Sang (whether you agree with it or not) received a 15-game suspension for the act and will miss the first couple of months next season. Then, there’s the mystery of Hockey Canada leaving Ho-Sang off the U18 team, which you can perceive as them not liking his attitude because he’s certainly skilled enough. When we add it all up, we’ve got one heck of a talented player who has some issues surrounding him which could scare off some teams. That said, I was impressed (save for the end of the season) with the improvements Josh Ho-Sang made to his game this year.

– Brock Otten, OHL Prospects

Josh Ho-Sang Highlights

Josh Ho-Sang Statistics

SeasonTeamLeagueGPGATPPIM+/-|Postseas.GPGATPPIM+/-
11/1/2010Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAAGTMMHL-----|
12/1/2011Toronto Marlboros Minor Mdgt AAAGTMMHL3031487924|
2012-13Windsor SpitfiresOHL6314304422-23|
Canada Ontario U17WHC-1753250|
2013-14Windsor SpitfiresOHL673253854426|Playoffs412310-10
Josh Ho-Sang is a small but skilled forward with some incredible hands. He's shown impressive skating ability and agility with the puck on his stick. He's a crafty player that has the excitement factor in his favor. He can rely too heavily on himself at times, but has great offensive instincts and pounces on chances. (August 2013)

Josh Ho-Sang often turns heads with his ability to handle the puck with ease in the offensive zone. He has speed and great offensive instincts but needs to work on his game outside of the offensive zone. He has the ability to explode offensively this season and has the potential to be a top ten pick in next years draft. (Tyler Parchem, EP 2013)
  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Ritchie.

  • phaneufoundlander

    Rags gonna win tonight folks? I sure hope so….

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Could trade down from 8. Stockpile picks ala snow a few drafts ago.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Habs 4-3

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Completely agree. Just saying the possiblilty exists.

  • Great Dane

    Are we going to see something on the European draft possibilities – should be more interesting than Ho Sang

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks, Hows the hangovers ? :)

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook  Trade it ! :)

  • Komas Taberle

    I remember Ho – Sang, he was a great cook for the Cartwright boys on Bonanza.

  • Burtonboy

    Komas Taberle Hop Sing wasn’t it lol

  • PEIleafnation

    over on tsn naz getting killed by clarky m in tsn best play

  • PEIleafnation

    28 thousand votes down

  • Burtonboy

    Fuckin Leafs are way to quiet . Driving everyone nuts lol

  • PEIleafnation

    Burtonboy wonder if we are waiting for another month b4 shake downs…draft day

  • Burtonboy

    PEIleafnation Burtonboy I kinda expected to see a player or two re-signed by this time but yeah most of the heavy lifting will be around the draft

  • PEIleafnation

    Burtonboy PEIleafnation yah our own FA…

  • Great Dane

    Burtonboy PEIleafnation  Right now I see only two possibilities for the outcome:
    1) The Carlyle move – more or less nothing and they bring back the same players including a way to expensive resigning of Bolland.
    2) Retooling and they move out: Phaneuf, Franson, Reimer, Lupul, Bozak and possibly Kadri

  • Burtonboy

    Great Dane Burtonboy PEIleafnation Don’t understand why people keep bringing up # 2 as an option when Shanny specifically said he didn’t come here to do a rebuild /retool.

    Some of those players may get traded but he’s not going to tear this team down

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Might be caddying the LPGA event in Waterloo next week.  Pumped for the opportunity but final decision coming today.

    Hoping for some TV time as I will be wearing my MLHS Golf shirt !! (not really)

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto Thank ya sir.  Its what I would love to do on a regular basis, so this is a good first step (If I get the loop)

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Do Marlies play tonite?  I should know this…

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto Thanks.  I am just finishing nights so they are all running together.  Bit foggy this morning even after a Venti.

  • ShiftyD

    TheCanucksnaphook CanuckUKinToronto   Sounds like you made need another Venti 😉

  • ShiftyD

    TheCanucksnaphook Good luck my little green friend

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    CanuckUKinToronto Very nice.  I remember when Osgoode Hall was a dream, that I would write my LSATs and attempt to become a lawyer.  Then after I took an internship downtown at Canada Trust I realized the staring out of a corporate window on the 33rd floor dreaming of fresh air, just wasnt for me.

  • ShiftyD

    That defensemen in the pic above against Ho-Sang is my buddies kid.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    ShiftyD I love it.  Knowing the next generation of hockey players is a fun experience.  Makes the game seem more real.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    ShiftyD Thanks.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    Ok off to do some chores in the paddocks.  First time our horses will be out after two months of stall rest. 

    The injury that took forever to heal.  They are going to lose their minds on the fresh grass.

  • ShiftyD

    TheCanucksnaphook ShiftyD   Yeah, it’s fun watching them go on, grow and see what they can do. Played pick up with his dad and uncle for years and he would come out with us ‘old guys’ several times. Pretty talented kid even if Saginaw is as far as he ever goes, good for him.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    ShiftyD TheCanucksnaphook Its so wicked.  Cannot wait to see my friends son play in Oshawa this upcoming year.

  • ShiftyD

    TheCanucksnaphook ShiftyD   Awesome. I’m sure his dad will be lovin’ it too :)

  • ShiftyD

    Welp…………I guess it’s off to finish my deck rails and gates. Ciao boys and girls.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    ShiftyD We all have work to do !!

  • Great Dane

    Burtonboy Great Dane PEIleafnation  Can you then tell me why Nonis is still here , Carlyle is still here and it looks like we are bringing back the same core.
    Beats me how that is going to improve the result.

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    Simmons (so take it with a grain of salt) reporting that the Leafs do not want to pay Bolland more than the $4.2M they’re currently paying Bozak.

  • TheCanucksnaphook

    leafersutherland I would concur with this, from a fans perspective.

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    TheCanucksnaphook leafersutherland You and I both.

  • Komas Taberle

    leafersutherland
    That’s as high as I would go too.

  • Burtonboy

    Great Dane Burtonboy PEIleafnation Because Shanny has a lot more info to make those evaluations then we do. Carlyle is probably on thin ice but were there any better options right now ? As for Nonis he’s not calling the shots anymore. Decisions going forward are made by Shanahan there is no doubt about that . I’m not slightest bit concerned about Nonis . He’s nothing more then hired help to do the grunt work for Shanny

  • http://theNHLarena.com/ leafersutherland

    Word around the league also suggesting Jarome Iginla might be open for a change of scenery, if someone were willing to give him a multi-year deal.

  • Burtonboy

    leafersutherland Can’t see Iginla coming to TO at this point in his career

  • dlb Reggie

    leafersutherland 
    i’ll believe this one.  Simmons gets his chances to get “inside” to be the guy to report some things, and this feels like one of them.
    it makes a lot of sense, and perhaps insight into how Shanahan “allowed” Nonis-Carlyle to continue: not throwing too much at too little (and i like Bolland)

  • dlb Reggie

    ShiftyD 
    needs to cut down on that gap

  • wendelsway1

    Good Morning All…….beautiful day out…..a great day for a big Habby loss  and some Leafs news……  :)

  • Jordan29

    leafersutherland seems about right, give him term if hes really concerned with money

  • Komas Taberle

    wendelsway1
    Good morning WW.

  • mike_84

    wendelsway1 Mornin. Would love some leafs news

  • dlb Reggie

    to me, this is an example of a high risk-reward prospect.
    he’s more likely to not become an elite NHL player, but his “moves” is on a level above,  and these days just about every kid can dangle it seems.
    is he Abbott, Raymond, or is he Eberle (can’t think of any really good comparables, so i went from this to that to way over there)

  • Jordan29

    A great morning for tea and left over garlic fingers. Anything else other then the Bolland 4.2 talk?