The NHL has named their All-Star roster and the New York Islanders have two players on the roster. John Tavares and 2009 ninth overall NHL Entry Draft Josh Bailey.
Having two New York Islanders in the All-Star game isn’t a new thing. Just three years ago the Islanders had both John Tavares and Jaroslav Halak were in the All-Star game together.
Yeah, that’s right, Jaroslav Halak was an All-Star once. Yes. I know, the All-Star game isn’t the All-Star designation that “matter”. But in 2015-16 he was good enough, putting up a 2.41 GAA and a 0.912 SV% with four shutouts through the first half of the season.
We all knew that John Tavares was going to make the All-Star Game, even if he had a slow start of the season. But we weren’t sure if the currently ranked eighth overall points producer in the league Josh Bailey would.
But today we found at that yes, indeed, Josh Bailey is going to the All-Star Game.
The Failed Campaign
We and a few other New York Islanders podcasts tried to get fans to vote for Josh Bailey as the Metropolitan Division’s captain. That’s how much we trusted the NHL to vote for Bailey.
He deserved it. The man has totally reinvented himself from the days where the New York Islanders started him in the NHL way too early at 19-years-old.
Say what you will about the fact that Josh Bailey seems to do better when paired with John Tavares, but it takes a certain type of player to play with a superstar. Not everyone can do it.
A sentiment perfectly encapsulated by the Islanders tireless search for a winger to put next to Tavares. When that winger was there all along. Actually, he was there a year before Tavares even got there.
Josh Bailey is on pace for 95 points. He’s actually just a single point off equaling his career-best 51 points and there are still 39 games to be played. Josh Bailey deserves this All-Star nod.