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Islanders Trade Up For Ho-Sang

General Manager Garth Snow traded into the first round to draft the highly-skilled winger

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 2:16 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Islanders Trade Up For Ho-Sang
General Manager Garth Snow traded into the first round to draft the highly-skilled winger

The New York Islanders made a splash at the end of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, seizing an opportunity to lock up highly-skilled winger Joshua Ho-Sang with the 28th overall pick.

Ho-Sang, a native of Toronto, Ontario, scored 85 points (32 goals, 53 assists) in 67 games with the Windsor Spitfires this past season, his second OHL campaign.

“It feels absolutely amazing (to be an Islander),” a beaming Ho-Sang said. “According to everyone else they are taking a chance on me and I am really grateful that they’re doing that and I’m going to give them everything I have.”

The Islanders traded both of the team’s second-round picks (35th and 57th overall) to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the 28th overall selection.

General Manager Garth Snow said Ho-Sang was a player the team had targeted and didn’t shy away from the opportunity to land their guy.

“We didn’t want to take a chance,” Snow said. “It was similar to the Brock Nelson situation. We said we had this currency, the extra picks, so let’s use them and get the player we identified. We didn’t want to wake up tomorrow and have any regrets, so we went for it.”

Ho-Sang was labeled as “outspoken” leading up to the draft, which may have been the reason why the supremely talented winger fell to the final three picks of the first round. Ho-Sang was preparing for a potential return on Saturday with the hopes of hearing his name in the second round. He was elated when he was taken by the Islanders and a management group that believes so highly in him.

As the General Manager and leader of the Islanders push to return to the playoffs this upcoming season, Snow did not mince words when standing up for one of the brightest young prospects now in the organization when asked about how Ho-Sang had been criticized. In two interviews, Snow gave blunt comments describing the promise he sees in the young winger and his excitement to have Ho-Sang leaving the building in an Islanders jersey.

“It’s amazing the fact that they traded two seconds away to pick me,” Ho-Sang said. “That just shows that they believe in me and that’s all I really need, a team that believes in me. I’ll give them everything that I have and push until I can’t breathe. I want to give them (the Islanders organization) everything I have because you know it’s not just about you, it’s about your family and the Islanders, after today, have become my family.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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