Islanders loan Josh Ho-Sang to Orebro from SHL


The saga takes another turn. After signing a one-year contract with the New York Islanders in the offseason – a contract with increased salary in the AHL – Josh Ho-Sang is loaned to Orebro from the SHL after Arthur Staple.

While Ho-Sang’s goal was to play in the AHL this season (hence the AHL salary increase), playing in the SHL (and specifically with Orebro) is still a good move for Josh so that he is trying to resume his professional hockey career. on track.

The move itself should come as no surprise. The islanders did everything possible not to have Ho-Sang around. The Islands told him to stay home last year as they tried to trade him. When a trade didn’t materialize in December, Josh asked to return, and Sound Tigers general manager Chris Lamoriello agreed. It lasted a few weeks when Josh was then loaned out to the San Antonio Rampage.

The drama continued this year when Ho-Sang was surprisingly qualified by the Islanders (leading to that one-year deal) and then he wasn’t invited to training camp. And while Lou Lamoriello indicated that Ho-Sang didn’t consider the NHL roster or the taxi team as justification, Lou invited Tom Kuhnhackl who also didn’t consider the equation.

This training camp snub surprised Ho-Sang’s agent, Patrick Bedell, when I spoke to him a few weeks ago.

With a loan to Orebro (where Ho-Sang will stay all season), the Isles forward can play with one of the best teams in one of the best hockey leagues in the world.

Orebro is fifth in the SHL with 57 points in 31 games and is seven points from first in the league and five points from a position in the CHL (Hockey Champions League). With three points for a win, that’s not as much ground as it looks.

With this move, Ho-Sang can start playing as soon as possible (after quarantine of course) and play at a higher caliber than he would at the AHL level.

Josh Ho-Sang will enter a top nine that features two right-handed wingers. They clearly need a right-handed striker. With Ho-Sang’s talent and all that open ice, this should be the perfect place. He will also be able to line up with fellow Islanders prospect Robin Salo, who has been amazing for Orebro this season.

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