• OMFS88

    Some of those Ho-Sang comments go way above mere confidence and cross the line into arrogance.

    • YoAdrienne

      Yep. I seems to me that his “question authority” schtick is just that, a schtick. He’s questioning everything for the sake of questioning. I get the impression that he’s not really interested in the answers for the most part–at least as how they would apply to HIM. But, it gets him attention, and that’s what he seems to want more than anything. I don’t blame him for wanting tot stand out. It’s how one gets ahead in this business. But, that kind of crap gets old after a while.

      • ahnfire

        I don’t know, I get a different impression. There was an ESPN article that talked about how his mother, a business analyst for CEOs & business owners, raised him to always question why something is done & to not stick to tradition for tradition’s sake. And in a sport where tradition is held on a vaunted pedestal, that type of attitude/personality isn’t exactly appreciated.

        The same ESPN article talked about how someone on one NHL team stood up and yelled at him for 2 minutes about all of [Ho-Sang]‘s failures as a prospect & his response was to ask the questioner to meet up outside of the combine to discuss those aspects & how he could improve those failures.

        To me, he’s just that intelligent kid that needs a strict hand that understands when his questioning isn’t an attempt to undermine authority. I get the impression that if he respects his coach/authority figure, he’ll still question the hell out of you just to understand every aspect for the sake of knowing. If he doesn’t respect the coach/authority, though, it’ll definitely be questions to undermine their authority. Although, it could be that I only get that impression because I’m the same way.

        • YoAdrienne

          I saw the ESPN article when the link to it was posted here. And, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with questioning convention. We’d still be in the Stone Age if people didn’t do that. Maybe he’s just too young to understand that people who are really set in their ways can only take so much of that. One has to choose their battles wisely, and I’m not so sure he’s gotten to the point where he can do that yet. That being said, I sure wish Kevin Hayes had some of Ho-Sang’s attitude. I’d rather have a kid who thinks he’s good enough to try to crack a really tough line-up, and wants to prove it, than one who throws up his hands and says, “It’s too tough. I’m going where it’ll be easier.” Heck, I kind of wish the Hawks had picked this kid.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      If you’ve been paying any attention to the saga that he’s been going through, you’d have a much better understanding of where he’s coming from. Talent-wise he is at or near the top of this year’s draft crop and should have gone well before he was actually selected 28th overall. The criticisms and expectations that he has been subjected to have been entirely ridiculous, and he strongly feels – and in all likelihood, rightly so – that he’s gotten an extra level of scrutiny because of the color of his skin. Just look at how the draft played out – Travis Sanheim, selected 17th overall by the Flyers, had 3 separate suspensions last year for hurling homophobic slurs at opposing players, refs, and teammates but that was just him “facing and overcoming adversity”, Josh Ho-Sang is brash and self-confident and that’s enough to raise red flags and put him on teams’ “don’t draft” list?

      Ho-Sang has gotten a raw deal, end of story. He has every right to be pissed off at Hockey Canada for the way he’s been treated.

    • Joe Banks

      As Buddy Ryan used to say, it ain’t bragging if you can back it up!
      But he is really putting a bullseye on his forehead. Somehow, I can’t help but to root for this kid.

  • OMFS88

    Which is cool with me, if I was 18 and poised to make millions playing hockey I’d be arrogant as well but some things are better left unsaid, such as his belief that Canadian hockey “actually … [doesn't] possess the ability to develop [players] and that they are just taking players to fit their role that have been developed somewhere else”.

  • SuperHawk27

    I love Ho-Sang’s attitude! I wish the Hawks would have drafted him.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      When the ‘Hawks traded up from 27th to 20th with Ho-Sang still on the board I thought (and was really hoping) that they’d take him. Clearly Stan was/is enamored with Schmaltz, and based on reviews from prospect camp and whatnot I have no reason to doubt him, but Ho-Sang was arguably one of the top 3 or 4 talents in the draft and with the chip that he must have on his shoulder could easily be a monster in the NHL

      • Joe Banks

        I too, thought they had traded up for Ho-Sang. When they picked Schmaltz, I was like, who?
        And then they panned over to the St. Louis table (because they had the next pick) they were stunned! – They clearly planned to take Schmaltz…
        When I realized they had picked his brother the previous year, I was laughing my ass off!

  • Joe Banks

    So last year, Leighton played for a KHL team named Dumbass Don’t ask?