New York Islanders Daily: Josh Bailey NHL Assists Leader

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: Johnny Boychuk #55, John Tavares #91 and Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period agianst the Philadelphia Flyers during their game at Barclays Center on November 22, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey is tied for the most assists in the NHL. He’s got 30 assists in 31 games this year.

Josh Bailey is following up his career year in 2016-2017 with an even more impressive career year in 2017-2018. The New York Islanders have played 31 games this year. Bailey’s got 30 assists this year, a rate of almost an assist per game.

That’s insane stuff from Josh Bailey. He went from easily the most hated player on the Islanders to a legit stud of a winger in just over a year. Remarkable, really.

His 30 assists is good enough to tie him for the lead league in assists. He’s tied with Steven Stamkos, Blake Wheeler and Jakub Voracek (some pretty nice company).

In a night the Islanders would likely want to forget, thanks to a poor Jaroslav Halak outing, Josh Bailey was the lone bright spot. In the last three games, he’s got four points (all assists).

Bailey often gets slack for his secondary assist numbers. But at this rate, if you’re still not sold on Bails you’re just out looking for reasons to despise him. Somebody vote this guy into the all-star game, please.

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