The NHL Trade Deadline was highly anticipated for Islander fans. Rumors were swirling and everybody was curious to see what might happen. Trade Deadline Eve was rather intense day for fans, and even lead to tracking the Islanders’ team flight on twitter.
— Isles Road Warrior (@IslesRW) February 28, 2017
The deadline passed and there were no trades announced involving the Islanders. Then the thought turns to maybe there was a trade, but it will just take some time for the league office to go through all the paperwork. Eventually it would be known that the Islanders had not made a trade.
The deadline passed and the Islanders didn’t make a single trade. That is not to say the roster is not going to look different. Tonight the Islanders will debut polarizing prospect Josh Ho-Sang. Ho-Sang has always had great potential. The issue with Ho-Sang has been his behavior.
The Islanders thought highly of Ho-Sang and he was supposed to begin last year’s training camp with the big club. However, famously Ho-Sang overslept and was sent back to his junior team the Niagara Ice Dogs. Thanks to some injuries and the possibility of a trade, Ho-Sang was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
In about a year and a half Ho-Sang went from being cut to getting a chance with the big club. The Islanders are in the midst of a playoff run and a franchise long road trip. They just need to keep collecting points, and if Ho-Sang brings some of his playmaking expertise he’ll have a chance to stay up.
The Islanders may not have made a trade, but they did bring up an exciting young prospect. He will make his debut tonight against the Dallas Stars. According to Arthur Staple Ho-Sang is likely to play on the second line right wing alongside Andrew Ladd and Brock Nelson.
Likely lines to start tonight: 27-91-12, 16-29-66, 25-18-11, 86-24-15.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) March 2, 2017