It looks like Josh Ho-Sang has taken that next step.
The Windsor Spitfires anticipated getting a slippery speedster after taking Ho-Sang with its top OHL priority selection pick two years ago. Over the course of the second season, the Toronto native who embraces being a beacon for a multicultural sports world has steadily applied it to being a catalyst for his teammates. The 17-year-old is not only a top-10 scorer with 81 points, but Ho-Sang has the same number of assists (52) as higher ranked NHL draft prospects Sam Bennett and Michael Dal Colle. That all comes back to learning how to play off his linemates, which include Montreal Canadiens pick Brady Vail. The offensive leadership has helped the Spitfires stay in the middle of the Western Conference despite trading captain Kerby Rychel to league-leading Guelph in December.
"When you get older, you kind of need more patience with the puck and to watch the game," says Ho-Sang, ranked No. 18 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. "Sometimes it's difficult because if you think the game one way and the people you're on the ice with think it another way, it can cause confusion, say, when you're anticipating someone to go to a hole for a pass. It goes both ways and that's something you need to communicate and demonstrate.
"It's been a lot of fun trying to guide the younger guys," the 5-foot-11, 166-pound Ho-Sang adds. "It really develops your leadership skills. It's been up and down for my team but I keep working at it."Read More »from NHL draft tracker: Josh Ho-Sang, Windsor Spitfires