Outspoken Josh Ho-Sang grateful the Islanders took a chance on him
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jun 27, 2014
It really shouldn't have come as much of a surprise that the Islanders went after Ho-Sang, thinking about it. Ho-Sang knew what people were saying about him. "When I do anything, I'm just another black kid with an attitude," Ho-Sang told Steve Simmons, as part of an interview that made waves, and raised more red flags about Ho-Sang's, well, attitude. Taking a chance on Ho-Sang, who was on several clubs' "do not draft" list despite being arguably the most skilled guy in the draft, fits with that approach. But then the Islanders stepped up. "I think I'm outspoken and I'm a little bit more opinionated than most people like," he said, "but I think that's just part of growing up, and I'm definitely learning the areas where I can and can't be. The draft is always nerve-wracking, but for DeAngelo, who hails from the Philadelphia area and has seen more games than he can count at the Wells Fargo Center, being up for the draft at home was a double-edged sword. “It was 50-50,” he said.
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