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Ho-Sang returns to Islanders, will report to AHL team

Waived on Oct. 1, forward will have 'clean slate,' Lamoriello says

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Joshua Ho-Sang is returning to the New York Islanders organization and will report to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

The 23-year-old forward has been away from the Islanders since being waived Oct. 1, when he asked for a trade after not making the NHL roster out of training camp. Ho-Sang cleared waivers, and the Islanders were unable to consummate a trade.

A first-round pick (No. 28) by the Islanders at the 2014 NHL Draft, Ho-Sang has 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in 53 games over three seasons with New York. He had 43 points (eight goals, 35 assists) in 56 games for Bridgeport last season.

"He just has to go there and do what he has to do as a player and conform to the environment and they'll be no issues," Islanders general manager Lamoriello said Tuesday.

"He was the last cut going down to the American league, so he did have a good training camp. Where he's at right now physically and mentally, we'll just have to wait and see. But from our end of it, he'll have a clean slate. It's in his hands."

Lamoriello said an agreement was made after Ho-Sang, who has been skating in Toronto, reached out to Bridgeport GM Chris Lamoriello.

"Chris made the decision to bring him back, Chris and the coach (Brent Thompson) did," Lamoriello said. "So we'll see."

It's unclear if Ho-Sang will play in an NHL game this season. The Islanders (22-7-2) enter their game against the Nashville Predators at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-TN, NHL.TV) in second place in the Metropolitan Division.

"Right now, he's got to get back and get back playing before he's even an option for me," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said.

Lamoriello also confirmed forward Oliver Wahlstrom, the No. 11 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, has been loaned to the United States for participation in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, scheduled to be played in the Czech Republic from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2020. Defenseman Noah Dobson, the No. 12 selection in that draft, will remain with the Islanders rather than play for Canada.

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