The Arizona Coyotes could do with adding some more talent to their offense and Josh Ho-Sang could be the ideal reclamation project for the team to kick the tires on.
Ho-Sang, a first-round (28th overall) selection of the New York Islanders in the 2014 Draft, has bounced between the NHL and AHL ever since making the jump up to the professional levels.
The Toronto native’s talent has been clear to see for many around the league, with 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 53 regular season games with the Islanders to go along with 110 points (26 goals, 84 assists) in 156 AHL games.
As a 23-year-old with plenty of points in the minors and an ability to register a point in almost every-other-game in the NHL, Ho-Sang does have the talent that could benefit the Coyotes in the long-term.
The biggest question mark around Ho-Sang has been his attitude and personality, something that has ultimately led to him requesting a trade from the Islanders.
Ho-Sang needs a fresh start, sometimes players just need to experience a new organization and a new environment to truly get things back on track, something that has been seen first-hand with Max Domi and Dylan Strome when they departed Arizona for Montreal and Chicago respectively.
The cost of acquiring Ho-Sang can’t be high, with such a low sample size of NHL appearances and a clear desire from both the player and organization to part ways.
A mid-round pick and potentially a project prospect may be enough to secure his services and with a cap hit of just $874,125 for the season, which will see him remain as an RFA once it’s done, it may be worth taking a closer look.
With the Coyotes struggling to score, having a guy that has legitimate NHL talent, but clearly needs a new start somewhere else, can’t be worse than what the team is capable of putting out on the ice at present.
Competing with the likes of Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse for ice time could see Ho-Sang make the step up and prove he is worth the hassle of acquiring.
Being assigned to the Islanders’ AHL affiliates currently, Ho-Sang could even start out in Tucson and prove he is deserving of a call-up in the first place.
If John Chayka can get him for a low cost, there are not many reasons why this couldn’t be considered as an option.