Josh Ho-Sang on pre-Draft criticism: 'I don't play for scouts, I play for the Islanders'

Jul 8, 8:33 PM

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow had a unique response to criticism surrounding the team's decision to draft Josh Ho-Sang with the 28th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (see below), and on Tuesday, the 18-year-old draftee offered his own two cents to those questioning his character.

Snow later said Ho-Sang "probably has the most talent of anyone in that entire draft." If he's able to put it all together, Ho-Sang could prove to be an absolute steal as a late first round pick.

In 130 OHL games with the Windsor Spitfires, Ho-Sang scored 46 goals and added 83 assists, good for a point-per-game average of 0.99.

Here's what Ho-Sang had to say after the first day of the team's development camp on Tuesday:

Aug 18, 6:06 PM

Josh Ho-Sang: Omission from Canadian World Junior camp 'insulting'

Aug 18, 6:06 PM

New York Islanders first-round draft pick Josh Ho-Sang's summer of gum-flapping continued on Monday.

Speaking with reporters following the first day of BioSteel camp in Toronto, the famously outspoken Windsor Spitfires forward focused his wrath on Hockey Canada.

"The fact that I haven't been invited to a camp, it's insulting," Ho-Sang said (via TSN). "I've done nothing to them (Hockey Canada). It's not like they invited me to U17 and U18 and I messed up at all that stuff. I haven't been invited back since my first year in the OHL in December. It's been a year and a half; I haven't been a part of any Hockey Canada stuff."

The 18-year-old winger exploded for 32 goals and 85 points during his sophomore campaign in the OHL, but his exemplary production wasn't enough to land him on the national team's radar.

"If you're going to alienate an 18-year-old kid, like good job. Their job is development and progression of Canadian hockey. If I am a problem child, that means they don't like problems, that they have an issue with fixing things, that they like when things are easy. That actually means that they don't possess the ability to develop and that they are just taking players to fit their role that have been developed somewhere else."

Although Ho-Sang is clearly fired up about his omission from camp, his focus remains on making the NHL and playing for the Islanders.

"I don't play for Hockey Canada, I play for New York," he said. "I don't really care. Playing for your country is great; it's more a personal thing. It's kind of annoying though because I have people asking me all the time why I'm not there and not a part of that stuff but that's what it is. I think the only way I'd be on that (World Junior) team is if I played in the NHL, that's probably the only way I could get on that team."

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

Jun 27, 10:26 PM

Isles GM Snow on reaction to Ho-Sang selection: 'He'll fit right in, they s**t on me too' (VIDEO)

Jun 27, 10:26 PM

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow kept it real when he met with TSN's James Duthie after drafting Josh Ho-Sang, a controversial pick in some corners due to questions about his attitude.

Mr. Snow, he isn't concerned: 

In the illustrious words of Wayne Campbell, and theScore's Thomas Drance, "Party on Garth."