Josh Bailey Will Have Career year Number Three
Through the New York Islanders first three games Josh Bailey has three points. Putting him on pace for a point-per-game this season. Just like the way he started the 2017-18 NHL campaign.
Josh Bailey’s 71 points in 2017-18 were a continuation for what was then a 56 point career high in 2015-16. Josh Bailey will continue the trend in 2018-19. He’s going to score 80 points this season.
On a scale of 1-10 where one is not hot and 10 is muy caliente, this take should be a four at best. But because everyone wrote off Josh Bailey the second it was announced John Tavares was leaving this has to rank at an 8 or so.
Remember that Josh Bailey scored 71 points in an injury-shortened year last season. He played a total of 76 games last season. Playing a full 82 game season puts him on pace for 77 points.
Everyone had Josh Bailey penned in as a John Tavares byproduct. Once the Isles former captain left that was it for Bailey and career years. Back to that middling 30-40 player we’d seen for years prior was the narrative.
But Bailey is proving everyone wrong so far this season. With his three points in three games, he’s on pace for 82. Come April I don’t see why Bailey can’t be a few off of 82. Putting up 80 points based on the year he had last season and the way he’s playing now shouldn’t be that hot of a take.
Sure, out goes Tavares and in steps Mathew Barzal. It was a quality for quality swap. But Bailey has been able to just continue putting up points. He’s no longer just a pass-first guy, Josh Bailey is a shooter now too.
Putting up 80 points isn’t that hot of a take if he continues to play the way he’s been playing.