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Next Review, Josh Bailey

By John Panarese

Our first round draft pick in 2008 started to come on later in the 2008-2009 season. He had somewhat of a slow run out of the gate this year, but we soon started to see the skill the Islanders were hoping Josh would begin to demonstrate. Josh spent some time moved over to the left wing, which seemed to help his scoring quite a bit, and the confidence and his general presence on the ice seemed to build. Instead of “flying by” the net, “Bails” often did not shy from going to the goal and creating scoring chances for himself and his teammates. In fact, though I might be incorrect here, I believe he had 2 short-handed goals and a couple of game winners for the Isles.

In 73 games, Josh totaled 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points with a +5 defensive rating. . He missed a little time to an injury right before the olympic break and then missed the last couple of games of the season, but to me, the improvements we saw in Bailie were very promising. I’d have to give him a B+ rating overall, as I think he definitely proved that he has top 6 potential for the future offense of the New York Islanders. The question will be whether or not Scott Gordon and the staff will decide to shift him back to center, as they did later in the season, or utilize him on the wing where he seemed to show his best offensive output.