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With the New York Islanders bitten by the injury bug, a promising young forward remains in the minors with something left to prove in the eyes of the organization.

That would be Joshua Ho-Sang, who sits in Bridgeport despite some holes in the NHL lineup, the biggest of which was created by an injury to Josh Bailey.

But Ho-Sang was recently a healthy scratch in the AHL, and Islanders’ head coach Doug Weight believes it would be sending the wrong message to immediately promote the highly-skilled forward to the team’s top line.

“It’s a crying shame (Ho-Sang’s) not playing with John Tavares when Bails goes down,” Weight said, per Arthur Staple of Newsday. “We had six guys out. It was a perfect opportunity. And Josh should be upset with himself.

“Whether our view of the world is wrong is something we can argue later. But the fact is, we need to be able to look at how some guys are laying it on the line (in Bridgeport) and he’s a healthy scratch. So, to go from that to the first lineup here, where is he learning from that? That’s a big, big part of this.”

Ho-Sang has appeared in 19 games for Bridgeport this season, scoring four goals and nine assists. In four games since being benched, he’s recorded one assist.

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Josh Ho-Sang‘s AHL head coach didn’t mince words about the New York Islanders prospect’s maturity level, but acknowledged the effort has been there recently.

“He’s a baby,” Bridgeport Sound Tigers bench boss Brent Thompson told Greg Joyce of the New York Post, before praising the young forward’s commitment.

“He’s a baby, he’s immature and he’s got a lot of growing to do. I’m excited. The upside of him is outstanding. He worked hard (Wednesday in practice), he’s been working really hard. We all make mistakes, we all have bad games. It’s how do we respond from those and what do we learn from them? Every piece of this season for Josh, with us, is a development piece. It’s just going to be a longer process with some people.”

Ho-Sang was a healthy scratch Wednesday for the first time this AHL season, not counting a game he missed in December that would’ve been his fifth in five days.

“I don’t think anybody can break my confidence, but it’s definitely put in a place where it’s not very good,” he said after practice Wednesday. “There’s certain things I can do on the ice to remind myself of what I am and who I am. But it’s just tough when you have people getting on you and sometimes when everyone’s talking to you about the negative, you may look at yourself negatively.”

Ho-Sang showed some promise with the Islanders at the beginning of the season, collecting 12 points in 22 games, but has been sent down to the AHL multiple times since.

The winger, who turns 22 later this month, has 12 points in 15 contests with Bridgeport.

The New York Islanders sent former first-round pick Joshua Ho-Sang down to the AHL on Wednesday, the team announced.

Unlike his previous demotion, in which Ho-Sang was returned to the OHL because he slept in and was late for training camp, it appears his alarm clock went off Wednesday morning, as he was a participant in the Islanders’ morning skate, according to Brian Compton of NHL.com.

In six games with the Isles this season, Ho-Sang has zero goals, four assists, and six shots on goal while averaging 13:28 minutes of ice time per game.

He’ll return to Bridgeport, where he played 50 games a season ago, recording 10 goals and 36 points.

New York used the 28th overall pick on Ho-Sang in the 2014 NHL Draft, but he has played in just 27 NHL games thus far, picking up 14 points.

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The Vegas Golden Knights claimed goaltender Malcolm Subban off waivers from the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Selected 24th overall in 2012, Subban appeared in only two games with the Bruins, recording a save percentage of .727 in 62 minutes of play. He’s posted a .918 save percentage in 127 AHL appearances and put in a strong showing at training camp, but was beat out by Anton Khudobin for the right to serve as backup to Tuukka Rask.

The Golden Knights have Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard penned in as the top options in net, meaning Subban will likely begin the season with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

Subban is entering the final season of a two-year deal that carries a $650,000 cap hit.

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The Avalanche are growing hockey in Colorado.

According to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post, the Avalanche will have their AHL squad in nearby Loveland, Colo. for the 2018-19 season.

The market is currently served by the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles, which will shift to the American Hockey League next season to partner with the Avalanche.

The Eagles play out of the Budweiser Events Center, about 50 miles north of Denver. Founded in 2003, the Eagles were previously part of the former Central Hockey League but transferred to the ECHL in 2011.

Their addition to the AHL will bring the league to 31 teams, matching the NHL after its expansion to Las Vegas.

An official announcement is expected in September.

The Avalanche are currently affiliated with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, which will partner with the St. Louis Blues beginning in 2018-19, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Blues are without their own minor-league team this season, and will share the Chicago Wolves with the incoming Vegas Golden Knights.

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Craig Cunningham will have his No. 14 retired by the Tuscon Roadrunners prior to an Oct. 27 contest against the Iowa Wild this season, nearly one year after an on-ice emergency ended the former captain of the team’s playing days.

Cunningham appeared in 11 games with the Roadrunners last season. However, prior to a Nov. 19, 2016 contest against the Manitoba Moose, he suffered acute cardiac arrest and collapsed on the ice.

Cunningham was rushed to an area hospital where he was provided with life-saving care. He awoke from a coma nine days later when surgery was performed to amputate part of his foot as a result of the medical emergency.

Cunningham, 26, has since been named as a professional scout with the Arizona Coyotes, the parent club of the Roadrunners.

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Craig Cunningham is sticking with the Arizona Coyotes.

The club has signed the former player to a two-year contract to serve as a pro scout, as well as to assist in player development with the Coyotes’ prospects.

“Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game,” said general manager John Chayka. “We’re confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club.”

Cunningham’s playing career was cut short as a result of a cardiac emergency prior to a Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) game on Nov. 19, 2016. Part of his left leg was subsequently amputated in order to ensure a full recovery.

“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes,” said Cunningham. “I’m very grateful to John Chayka, (coach) Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I’ve received over the past year. I’m looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can’t wait to get started in my new role.”

Cunningham appeared in 63 NHL games as a member of the Coyotes and Boston Bruins.