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Islanders return forward Joshua Ho-Sang to juniors

by Brian Compton

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- New York Islanders prospect Joshua Ho-Sang was returned to the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League, the Islanders confirmed Friday.

Newsday reported Ho-Sang was sent back to juniors after being late for the Islanders' first day of training camp, where he was slated to skate with center John Tavares and left wing Anders Lee.

Ho-Sang, a first-round pick (No. 28) by the Islanders at the 2014 NHL Draft, was conspicuously absent when players began practicing Friday. Afterward, coach Jack Capuano said he needed to speak with general manager Garth Snow regarding Ho-Sang's whereabouts.

Ho-Sang had 81 points (17 goals, 64 assists) in 60 games last season between Niagara and the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL, his third junior season. He participated at Canada's world junior summer development camp last month.

He also dazzled at the Islanders' Blue & White scrimmage at Barclays Center in July, when he had three assists and was a fan favorite.

"I definitely have some nerves, because every time I step out on the ice I have a purpose. I really want to try to make this team," Ho-Sang said after the scrimmage. "I wouldn't say that it gets easier, but my passion continues to grow for that opportunity to play for New York."


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