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Road to the NHL Draft: Josh Ho-Sang

By John Vogl

Josh Ho-Sang

Position: Forward

Junior team: Windsor (OHL)

Born: Toronto

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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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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