Young New York Islanders prospect Josh Ho-Sang hasn't been able to earn an everyday spot on the NHL roster.
The 21 year old 2014 first round pick is currently in the AHL after 22 games in the NHL this season. Despite 12 points in the NHL during those 22 games and 12 points so far this season over 15 games in the AHL, Ho-Sang isn't impressing the coaching staff anywhere.
"He’s a baby,” Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson told Greg Joyce of the New York Post.
“He’s a baby, he’s immature and he’s got a lot of growing to do. I’m excited. The upside of him is outstanding. He worked hard (Wednesday in practice), he’s been working really hard. We all make mistakes, we all have bad games. It’s how do we respond from those and what do we learn from them? Every piece of this season for Josh, with us, is a development piece. It’s just going to be a longer process with some people.”
Despite coach Thompson trying to mix in some praise, he decided to make the young forward a healthy scratch this week.
With the world coming down on Ho-Sang, the young forward says it can be tough when people only point out the negative.
“I don’t think anybody can break my confidence, but it’s definitely put in a place where it’s not very good," he said after practice Wednesday. “There’s certain things I can do on the ice to remind myself of what I am and who I am. But it’s just tough when you have people getting on you and sometimes when everyone’s talking to you about the negative, you may look at yourself negatively.”