New York Islanders: Top 5 Players Likely To Be Traded

By Matthew Collins
Apr 15, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey during third period action in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey during third period action in game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 8, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Josh Bailey is a likable guy. He’s stuck with his original team through thick and thin, both during the rebuilding phase and playoff years. But despite his fierce loyalty, he still lacks what the Isles always expected of him, which is production.

The sick joke of this all is that it’s arguably managements fault for his lack of development.

Immediately after being drafted ninth overall in 2008, the Islanders sent him to the pros instead of the minors where he would develop. Because of this and his struggles in the NHL, it’s safe to assume that maybe a few extra years in the minors could have aided the winger prior to entering The Show.

Bailey is Low Production, High Pay

The Islanders could use Bailey. But like Halak he has become more of a want and not a need, as his role could be easily replaced by cheaper options.

With his low production yet reasonably high pay, moving the winger may be the best option for the Isles. He doesn’t bring enough scoring ability for his level of pay. Many rebuilding teams would likely seek his services for his defensive abilities, leadership, and offensive potential.

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At the end of the day, he’s an easily replaceable player for the Isles. With plenty of scoring prospects not far from making an impact in the pros, he isn’t a promising commodity either.

Be on the lookout for Bailey’s name to float around the rumor mill this season.

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