Some of you might have Ho-Sang lower on the list because he played much less NHL hockey than Michael Dal Colle has. And I don’t blame you if you do.
To me, the difference lies in where Ho-Sang was drafted vs where Dal Colle was drafted. Not to mention that we all knew the risks that accompanied drafting Josh Ho-Sang. It was a high-risk high-reward selection. The Isles could be getting an elite playmaker or they could be getting someone who’ll cause a lot of disappointment.
With 53 NHL games, we got the latter, unfortunately. Lay blame where you will but it was not a good selection by the Islanders.
There’s still time for Simon Holmstrom to turn into something. But with three years of North American professional experience under his belt, he hasn’t yet broken into the NHL. Unlike the two players who were drafted immediately after him; Philip Tomasino and Connor McMichael.
Both players were seen as first-round talents while Holmstrom was seen as an early second-round pick. Tomasino has 32 points in 76 NHL games with Nashville while McMichael has 18 points in 69 games with Washington.
Again, there’s time for Holmstrom to get to their level and maybe even excel beyond them. But being behind already isn’t great. The Islanders reached for Holmstrom and they got what they deserved for doing so. At least so far.