Islanders coach Doug Weight discusses Josh Ho-Sang’s comments

Josh Ho-Sang joins Tim Micallef and Donnovan Bennett in studio to discuss where he thinks he stacks up against his draft class, putting the team first and how culture can affect how a player is viewed.

Forward Joshua Ho-Sang was in the news earlier this week after voicing his frustration about his lack of late-season call-ups for the New York Islanders.

“I love those guys, I want to make that clear,” Ho-Sang told The Athletic’s Arthur Staple (subscription required). “I know they’re working hard. But I got sent down for defence and what are they in goals against in the NHL? I only played (22) games up there this year. I don’t think it’s my fault. They really painted it like it was my fault at the beginning of the year and I didn’t like that.”

On Friday, head coach Doug Weight called Ho-Sang’s comments “disappointing” but also said the whole thing is something both the team and player should learn from.

“I think the natural reaction, the defensive reaction is to tell him to look in the mirror, look at his production, look at what he’s done,” Weight told reporters. “The other reaction should be from us. We should look in the mirror. We should all learn from these events and look to them. Most importantly, we should discuss it with him rather than discuss it through these cameras and we will do that.”

Here is Weight’s full statement to the media:

Ho-Sang, 22, last suited up for the Islanders in mid-December. In 22 NHL games this season, the 28th overall pick in 2014 has two goals and 10 assists to go with his eight goals and 26 points in 41 AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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