24-Year-Old Left Wing – New York Islanders
Josh Bailey Contract Information:
Signed a five-year deal with the Islanders in July of 2013.
Bailey was given the night off versus the Red Wings on Friday, according to Newsday's Mark Hermann.
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Age is determined on October 1st of each season.
|Dec 5||at STL||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||0||9:25||1:09|
|Nov 29||DET||Did Not Play|
|Nov 23||at PHI||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||1||2||15:44||2:12|
|Nov 22||at PIT||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||0||13:56||2:22|
|Nov 19||at TOR||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||0.0||2||2||19:11||1:55|
|Nov 10||at MON||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||1||15:56||1:33|
|Nov 9||at CLS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||17:36||1:01|
|Nov 7||at CAR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||16:52||2:55|
|Nov 5||at WAS||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||16:13||3:25|
|Nov 1||at OTT||0||0||0||-1||0||0||0||0||2||0.0||0||1||13:26||1:22|
|Oct 25||at PIT||1||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||4||25.0||0||1||14:06||0:00|
|Oct 12||at NSH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||0||0||16:33||2:17|
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|Oct 11||at CHI||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||50.0||0||0||12:54||0:54|
|Oct 4||at NJ||0||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||0.0||1||1||14:59||1:27|
Josh Bailey: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Not that Bailey was ever expected to be a superstar when taken in the 1st round of the 2008 draft, but more was expected than the 47 goals he's posted over the last four seasons. Despite seeing time in the AHL to work on his game, Bailey has looked good on the penalty kill, but that's not why he was drafted in the first round. Bailey still plays on the second line as of now but once the Isles' talent in the AHL starts to make their way to the big club, Bailey could be relegated to third line duty.
Bailey was a disappointment last year with only 11 goals, 17 assists, and a minus-13 rating. His season was so bad that the Isles sent him to the AHL for a few weeks to get his game on track. This may have been a way of admitting that the team made a mistake and rushed Bailey to the NHL after selecting him in the first round of the 2008 draft. The center is still a part of the team's future and will be given every chance to live up to his top billing . He now has better talent around him, but is no better than the club's second-line center and that assumes that this year's first-round pick Ryan Strome does not make the team.
The Islanders' 2008 first-round draft choice has yet to light up the NHL but does have some value. His sophomore campaign showed improvement in all the important categories and the Islanders are starting to get better depth, which should surround Bailey with more talent. The one knock on Bailey is that he looks to pass rather than shoot. On some teams this may not be a bad thing, but with the lack of goal scoring talent around him coupled with the fact that he shoots the puck quite well, he could help the Islanders and his fantasy team by putting the puck on net more often.
Bailey was expected to call Bridgeport home last year, but the team opted to throw the rookie into the NHL mix right away. He had a quiet campaign for the most part (25 points in 68 games), but definitely showed signs of being a capable center down the road. He has been working on his conditioning and strength since the season ended, so he is already showing maturity and a desire to better himself. While you shouldn�t expect a huge leap in points in his second season, a bump up is in order (especially if he centers Tavares).
Bailey is known for his playmaking ability and hockey smarts. Despite the Islanders' weakness up the middle, he is not expected to make the jump from the OHL to the NHL this year. Expect the team to give him a chance to hone his skills a bit before testing him out with the big club.