In what has been quite a season so far for New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey, the accolades keep on coming as he is deservedly named the NHL’s second star of the week.
Last season Josh Bailey put up 56 points. A career year for the New York Islanders ninth overall pick in 2008. Before that his record haul was 41 back in 2014-15.
Bailey caught some significant, and not too unfair, doubters after that career season. He had indeed played the entire year alongside John Tavares on the top line. Much like in 2014-15 when he put up his then career year. Bailey had never produced at this rate before. This was a flash in the pan.
But now 14 games into the 2017-18 NHL season Josh Bailey’s production has continued from last season. And even gone up a level.
He Deserves It
In 14 games Josh Bailey has 18 points. Picking up another two points against the New York Islanders 6-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche. And, more importantly keeping his point streak alive at nine games. A streak he started before being moved to John Tavares’ wing just a few games ago.
Over nine strait games Josh Bailey has put up points. He’s actually put up 16 points in that stretch; two goals and 14 assists. The NHL took notice and has awarded bailey with the league’s second star of the week.
With his 18 points Josh Bailey is on pace for 105 points by seasons end. He’s not going to hit that. But he’s got enough points in the bank now that a 50-60 point seasons seems like a no brainer.
After years of admittedly underwhelming based on where he was taken in the draft its nice to see him hitting his stride. And look, Bailey’s only just turned 28-years-old. He still has a few years of peak performance left in him!
Josh Bailey is getting the credit he absolutely deserves for his outstanding production so far this season. My only hope is that when his production dips, because eventually it will, that it doesn’t fall off a cliff for months on end.