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Ho Sang Taken at 28 By -- Who else?

June 27, 2014, 10:27 PM ET [16 Comments]
Dee Karl
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Well, well. I didn't check on ANY prospect for the draft, but the stories of Joshua Ho Sang peaked my attention in the last few days and I knew if anyone was going to take the kid in the draft, it would be the Islanders.

The 5th pick was never traded, there wasn't a dance partner for it. So as Griffin Rheinhart's brother was taken by Buffalo, I had no idea who the Isles would draft at fifth. Newsday's Art Staple was a big of a kill-joy when he tweeted out the Isles intent of Michael Dal Colle even before the Isles hit the podium. Shame on you Art. But the pick was a good one for the Isles. Another high character player who was immediately congratulated by John Tavares and Kyle Okposo over the phone and Josh Bailey sent him a text (Thanks to Andy Graziano for that info).

The Isles Draft party was long over when the Islanders managed to finally find a team to trade two of their later round picks to in order to get back into the first round. Gary Bettman, who is booed every time he looks at a camera, had just announced picks 35 & 57 had been traded by the Isles for the 28th pick when NBCSports Network cut off it's broadcast of the Draft.

It was 10 pm, and it didn't matter that it was still going, whatever cricket match or something else was being broadcast whether I liked it or not.

I managed to turn the NHL Network on just in time to see Josh Ho Sang's name being called up to the podium to receive his new Isles jersey. I knew it! Friends with Michael Dal Colle and feeling it will be an honor to play alongside John Tavares, the kid charmed the TSN press even though the questions were tough.

His 'confidence' was questioned as well as some of his answers. But he seemed absolutely fine on camera and all smiles. High character in Michael Dal Colle, just 'character' in Ho Sang.

But nothing was more interesting than Garth Snow telling TSN how he is ... uh... treated. I'm thinking it may be the first time an NHL General Manager had cursed on a broadcast. Hey, it's late and NBC had already cut off their feed.

Some thought the Draft Party this year was lack-luster. Perhaps because of the apathy beginning to sink in from the losing and losing the team itself to Barclays Center. But Snow certainly made sure the end of the night was memorable. As usual.
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