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The best hockey shootout goal you've ever seen was scored by an 18-year-old

Forget the fact that Josh Ho-Sang has yet to play a game in the National Hockey League. Forget that he’ll probably spend another season in the Ontario Hockey League with the Windsor Spitfires, because he’s still only 18 years old. Just focus on the goal itself, because it is absolutely spectacular.

No, this goal didn’t count for anything, as it came during a developmental camp in Canada. We have no idea whether Ho-Sang would have the gumption to try it in a game. What is certain is that his sheer technical skill is remarkable, and the poor goalie he was facing never had a chance so long as Ho-Sang’s shot ended up on cage beyond the goaltender’s padding.

Ho-Sang is the property of the New York Islanders, who selected him in the first round of the recent 2014 NHL Draft. From the early looks of things, he may very well have been worth that high selection. If nothing else, he’s definitely living up to his “brash” and “cocky” reputation. So far he’s backing up quotes like the one you read below:

“If I was a general manager and had first pick in the draft, I’d pick me No. 1,” Ho-Sang said in an interview with the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons just before the draft. “In three years, I’ll be the best player in this draft. And I have no doubt about that. I know myself. I know the other players. I believe in my ability. There are guys ranked ahead of me who are nowhere near me.”