X-Factors For the New York Islanders 2014-2015 Season

By Noah Reiss
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Mar 7, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders left wing

Josh Bailey

(12) controls the puck against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Bailey: By far the most disappointing Islander last season, Josh Bailey needs to live up to his five-year, $16.5 million contract. Bailey struggled for most of the season and was a healthy scratch many times. Bailey will certainly be on a short leash going into the season which should serve as motivation for the winger. Bailey did have 38 points but that was part of a late season surge in which the team was out of contention. If Bailey plays the way he did at the end of last season, the Islanders will have another young asset on their top two lines.