New York Islanders Daily: Josh Bailey Is Doing Just Fine
There’s this rhetoric that New York Islanders winger Josh Bailey isn’t playing well this year. He’s actually been quite productive.
If you’d talk to a good portion of New York Islanders fans, they’d tell you that Josh Bailey has regressed or he’s even been bad this year in his first with a $5 million cap number. That’s simply not true.
In 40 games, Bailey has 31 points (8 goals, 23 assists) which would put him on pace for 64 points over a full year. That would be the second highest point total of his career. The next argument you’d get is that most of those points came in the beginning of the year and he hasn’t been good lately.
That’s also not true. In the last 10 games, Bailey has seven points or three points in the last five games. However you want to break it down, Josh Bailey has been productive and is on pace to give you a very productive year for just $5 million against the cap.
If you look at other forwards with a $5 million cap hit: Reilly Smith, Jon Marchessault, Tyler Johnson, Joe Thornton, and Derrick Brassard he has more points than all of them except Johnson who he is tied with.
60 or more points from a player that takes up just 6.3 percent of your cap room is fine value. The Islanders are on a six-game win streak, let’s not complain about Bailey who is the least of the Isles problems.
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