Josh Ho-Sang is rejoining the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.
And president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said he does not anticipate any bad feelings from either side after the mercurial right wing requested a trade once he did not make the NHL roster out of training camp.
“He has to go there and do what he has to do as a player and conform to the environment and there will be no issues,” Lamoriello said on Tuesday.
In early October, Lamoriello directed Ho-Sang to remain away from Bridgeport while he tried to facilitate a trade. Ho-Sang recently reached out to Islanders assistant GM Chris Lamoriello, who runs Bridgeport, and he and Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson agreed to allow Ho-Sang to return.
The 28th overall pick in 2014, who was working out in Toronto, has seven goals and 17 assists in 53 career NHL games and had eight goals and 35 assists in 56 games for Bridgeport last season.
Whether he returns to the NHL with the Islanders is still an open question.
“It’s a difficult question to answer,” Lou Lamoriello said. “He was the last cut going down to the AHL so he did have a good training camp. But where he’s at right now physically and mentally, we’ll just have to wait and see. He’ll have a clean slate and it’s in his hands.”
The Islanders loaned forward Oliver Wahlstrom, the 11th overall pick in 2018, to Team USA for the upcoming World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic from Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Wahlstrom has three goals and six assists in 20 games for Bridgeport after going without a point in nine games for the Islanders.
Lamoriello said rookie defenseman Noah Dobson would not be loaned off the Islanders’ roster to Team Canada, though that was initially the organization’s intention.
“Because of the way he’s played and also because of the injury that came about with [Nick] Leddy, we cannot take a chance,” Lamoriello said. “But Wahlstrom, we think it will be good for him to get on that stage and play against people his own age.
No. 2,500 for Lou
Tuesday marked the 2,500th game as an NHL GM for Lamoriello, who also served in that capacity with the Devils from 1987-2015, winning three Stanley Cups, and the Maple Leafs from 2015-18.
Only the Predators’ David Poile (2,819) and former Oilers and Rangers’ boss Glen Sather (2,700) have been NHL GMs for more games.
“It’s still impressive with how he’s engaged with hockey,” said Leo Komarov, who has played for Lamoriello with the Islanders and Maple Leafs. “Everyone gets older but he loves it.”
The Islanders are now 19-1-1 this season when scoring at least three goals and 57-3-3 overall under coach Barry Trotz…The Islanders had 23 shots blocked…Leddy logged 19:31 after missing three games with an upper-body injury…Dobson and forward Tom Kuhnhackl were the healthy scratches…Thomas Greiss’ start pushed the franchise record for alternating goalies to begin the season to 32 games.