By John Vogl
Junior team: Windsor (OHL)
Measurables: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds
2013-14 stats: 67 games, 32 goals, 53 assists, 85 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 18 (North America)
Lowdown: Ho-Sang has an offensive flair that has been recognized in Toronto rinks for years. It was unmistakable in 2011-12 when his linemate with the Toronto Marlboros was Connor McDavid, who is scheduled to be the NHL’s next great superstar. Ho-Sang put up 31 goals and 79 points in 30 games on McDavid’s wing, and he’s kept it up without the center.
Ho-Sang, who has a Jamaica-born father, Chilean mother and Chinese great-grandfather, once played with the son of Steve Larmer. The former Chicago forward told Ho-Sang he reminded him of Denis Savard, and Ho-Sang certainly has the passing skills and creativity to warrant the description.
Ho-Sang is undersized, but his mother is a nutritionist who is helping him put on weight. The winger, who can slide over to take faceoffs, has been known to take shifts off. He’ll miss the first 15 games of next season with a suspension for hitting a player from behind.
They said it: “He handles the puck very well at top speed and sees the ice well. His skating is excellent and his first step is explosive. He cuts to the middle often and can split the defense with surprising speed.” – Chris Edwards of NHL Central Scouting.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.
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