Joshua Ho-Sang is a 2014 first round pick that was cut on the first day of training camp because he didn’t set an alarm.
“I should probably start doing that,” Ho-Sang said, per Newsday.
Showing up late to the start of training camp is obviously frowned upon, especially if you’re a young player trying to show you are committed to making the team. It’s particularly problematic in his case because it plays into the perception that his attitude is an issue.
For his part though, Ho-Sang does feel that the Islanders’ decision to cut him was fitting.
“Obviously a lot more people found out about my mistake than other people’s daily ones, but I definitely take ownership,” Ho-Sang said. “I don’t think there’s anyone to blame . . . it’s embarrassing.”
At the end of the day, he’s still just 19 years old and has been a prolific scorer in the OHL. His behavior was reportedly great during the rookie camp as well. So perhaps he will take this as a learning experience and go on to have a great career.
Prior to the 2014 draft, Ho-Sang stated, per the New York Post, “In three years, I’ll be the best player in this draft, and I have no doubt.”
We’ll see if he lives up to that.