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Josh Ho-Sang and the lingering ‘race card’ issue

You'll have to pardon me for saying this out loud: one of the most important parts of the draft combine in Toronto is that it gives teams the opportunity to interview players and get a bead on their mental maturity.

When you're 17 or 18 and you're an incredibly-talented hockey player, you tend to assume that your shit doesn't stink (frankly, that's the case for many 17-to-18-year-old males, period). I've found that players who don't eventually grow out of the me-me-me phase "don't make it" because they refuse to believe that they need to self-improve in terms of fitness, off-ice preparation or their on-ice skills.

In the case of controversial Windsor Spitfires prospect Josh Ho-Sang, his long-term suspension and team-related indiscretions get lumped in with a harder Canadian question: are scouts and teams allowing immaturity and intense personality to lump him in with the Evander Kanes, Dustin Byfugliens and P.K. Subbans of the hockey world because he's black?

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons profiled Ho-Sang, stating that more than a few teams have the 5'11," 175-pound forward on their "No-Draft List," and Simmons found that Ho-Sang was more than willing to address the elephant in the room:

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Windsor Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang’s quite the ‘‘wild card’ prospect

The NHL's 22nd-ranked North American skater is a 5'11," 175-pound winger who posted 32 goals, 53 assists and 85 points for the OHL's Windsor Spitfires this past season, and NHL.com's draft profile for said player offers the following scouting report:

NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards: "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.”

As the Windsor Star's Bob Duff notes, there's a reason that this player isn't seen as a "top prospect" per se:

Red Line Report, a prominent professional scouting service, had this to say about [Josh] Ho-Sang in their 2014 mock draft, in which they predicted he would go 22nd overall when selections begin Friday in Philadelphia: “Super skills, but can be erratic as Toronto’s mayor.”

They just compared Ho-Sang to Rob Ford, the foul-mouthed, crack-smoking boss of the GTA. That’s gotta sting.

Well, maybe it would, if Ho-Sang paid attention to such talk.

“Everybody has their opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion,” Ho-Sang said. “Every NHL team is entitled to their opinion and if a team thinks they should take me 10th overall, or if a team thinks that they shouldn’t, then that’s up to them.”

Duff continues, and there are more than a few reasons that Ho-Sang rings alarm bells, including this incident noted by NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale:

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Video- Josh Ho-Sang Of The Windsor Spitfires Suspended 15 Games

Josh Ho-Sang is draft eligible and could be a high round pick.

He will serve the suspension at the start of the 2014-15 season.

 

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