I’m conflicted here. Originally I had Josh Bailey slotted in as the third player gone MIA for the Isles. Bailey in my opinion hasn’t passed the eye test. When he’s out there he isn’t doing much.
Or at least that’s what I thought. When I looked at his underlying numbers, Josh Bailey is one of the Islanders better forwards.
When you take Johnny Boychuk and his 4:07 of 5on5 ice time out of the rankings, Josh Bailey ranks at the top of the list for xGF%, SCF%, and HDCF% for all of the Islanders remaining 18 skaters. Bailey is doing something right.
So I turned my focus to Nick Leddy. Playing on the Islanders third pair, Leddy should be getting easier matchups on the ice and should be able to create more offense for the Islanders. But that isn’t happening.
Leddy has yet to get on the scoresheet with zero points in the series. Just like Anders Lee, Leddy’s underlying numbers such as xGF%, SCF%, and HDCF% are all in the top half for Islanders skaters.
He’s clearly creating enough opportunities compared to some of his teammates like Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Ryan Pulock who both rank lower than Leddy but both have been able to produce more than Leddy.
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Getting Nick Leddy going is an important development for the Islanders offense. The puck carrier adds a whole new dimension to the Islanders offense when he’s at his best.