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New York Islanders Josh Bailey to Play With Connor McDavid

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrates his game winning overtime goal at 54 seconds against the Anaheim Ducks at the Barclays Center on October 16, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders celebrates his game winning overtime goal at 54 seconds against the Anaheim Ducks at the Barclays Center on October 16, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The good times don’t seem to be ready to stop at any point for New York Islanders winger Josh Bailey. Who was not only named to Canada’s 2018 World Championship roster, but he’ll play wing for Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid

In back-to-back seasons, Josh Bailey has put up career numbers for the New York Islanders. His 56 points in 2016-17 exceed his previous high by 15. And his 71 points just this season raised it by yet another 15.

Josh Bailey has been riding a wave of momentum for two seasons. And now, not only is going to Denmark as part of Canada’s contingent of players as they try to capture Gold. But he’s also going to be lining up with Connor McDavid.

The Josh Bailey momentum train isn’t letting up.

His Role

Josh Bailey will not only have the opportunity to play alongside the best player on his team in John Tavares but now he’ll be able to play alongside what is arguably the best player in the sport.

Say what you want about Josh Bailey, but it takes a certain type of player to play next to the best-of-the-best in the sport. Something he’s clearly demonstrated with John Tavares with the Islanders. Now he’ll get to do so with Connor McDavid.

His role won’t be much different than it is with the Islanders. Asked about lining up with McDavid, by TSN, Bailey answered he’ll try to give them [McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins] “time and space”. That’s exactly what he does for Tavares and Lee. Whether at full strength where he has 27 assists or on the power play where he has 26 assists.

Josh Bailey does one thing very well, and it’s open up space for his linemate and feed them the puck to take advantage of that space.

Next: 2018 NHL Mock Draft 1.0

Hopefully, Josh Bailey can continue this fantastic two-year run and bring it into the 2018-19 season. Playing alongside Connor McDavid is a great way to start.

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