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Video: Isles roll the dice on Ho-Sang, the most controversial player of the draft

Jun 27, 2014, 10:54 PM EDT

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Joshua Ho-Sang predicted that, in three years, he’ll “be the best player in this draft.” If true, the New York Islanders got themselves quite a steal today, because they were able to get the 18-year-old scoring sensation with the 28th selection, after acquiring the pick in a trade with Tampa Bay.

There’s no denying Ho-Sang’s talent — he led OHL Windsor with 85 points in 67 games this season — but let’s just say his outgoing personality isn’t for everyone.

“I’m emotional,” he admitted in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “I’m more emotional than most people. That poses a problem for the hockey world. A lot of players are trained to hold their emotions. Look at Sidney Crosby, how much emotion do you see? Pavel Datsyuk, the same. Jonathan Toews, the same. All stone-faced. [P.K. Subban] gets into trouble. [Patrick Kane] gets in trouble. The guys with more personality play with something more.”

And Ho-Sang had this to say to ESPN the Magazine: “You look at Patrick Kane, he’s having a good time. He’s getting the job done. I guarantee you ask Patrick Kane how much he loves to party, he’d say ’10,’ [on a scale of] one to 10. You can tell. The bottle’s popping, all this stuff. He’s absolutely hammered at all the parades. That’s hilarious. These guys are having a blast.”

Which isn’t typically what prospects say before they’ve been drafted.

  1. in1chuck1we1trust - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    • d1122 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:31 PM

      they “Sh#t” on you Garth because you are a horrible GM and have done nothing in your 8 years on the Islanders, are you saying it is ok if Ho-Sang stinks because there is no accountability on the Islanders?

    • billsin20xx - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Can’t wait for that Isle’s pick to become McDavid!!!

      • jl9830 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        You’re going to be waiting a long time.

  2. jpat2424 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    D bag

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    The fact that he immediately talked about partying is bothersome it speaks of a lack of maturity. Once you get to the NHL you’re getting paid to play hockey, that’s your job, your employers and teammates don’t care if you’re “having a good time” they care if you’re doing your job well enough to help them win.

    And Kane might be “hammered at the parades” but the fact it’s at the parade means he’s done the work necessary to help his team win.

    • ironpeddler255 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Being way out there on the tip of LI out in no man’s land is sort of OK, can’t get in too much trouble out there. But once they move to Brooklyn…WATCH OUT!

  4. wranglerick - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Hey….i said some crazy things when i was 18 too

  5. lordfletcher - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Of all the teams Ho-sang should go to, I was thinking NYI and EDM would be the worst…. not surprised by Snow.

  6. titansbro - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Was hoping the bruins would take a chance on him. They have the veteran leadership to reel this kid in. Not sure about the isles though.

    But they just got rid of Seguin for caring more about partying so it makes sense I guess.

    • dylan950 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Like they did with Seguin?

      • jl9830 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Yeah haha he talks about that like it’s a good thing and Seguin didn’t just score 90 points at 22 years old.

  7. 950003cups - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    This kid has no filter.

  8. jetfan74 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    So an extremely gifted KID who believes in his own abilities is supposed to keep his mouth shut and lack confidence? Ok, got it. All that matters is that he makes the team better and helps them win games. We shall see and I hope he makes every other GM wish they had the stones that Garth does. What many believe this kids problem is, can be corrected, but you can’t teach John Scott what Josh was born with.

    • leninthebuff - Jun 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      I hope the kid succeeds but the only stones Snow has is the rocks in his head.

  9. 19to77 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    The difference between this kid and the Kanes and Subbans of the NHL is that they didn’t come into the League loudly proclaiming any of that stuff. Yeah, Kane’s hammered at the parades. Yeah, Subban is a sh-t-disturber on the ice. But neither of them went around talking about how much partying they were going to do, or straight-up declaring “I’ll be better than every player here.” before they were f-cking drafted. Having pride and passion is great. Having a giant ego isn’t. Also, he’s too sensitive and reactionary. I can see him having meltdowns in big games or tough playoff series, or being easily suckered into bad penalties by the Marchands of the League.

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