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Happy Birthday Bailey!

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Josh Bailey Photo by Rich Stieglitz
Josh Bailey’s 19th birthday is one he will remember forever. On Thursday, the Islanders signed their 2008 first round draft pick to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Bailey, a center, was selected with the ninth overall selection in the draft this past June and has been attending Islanders training camp. The contract is a standard NHL entry-level contract.

“This is an exciting day for the organization as we continue to build our team with young players like Josh who have very bright futures,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow.
For Bailey, a native of Bowmanville, Ontario, it is a dream come true.
“This is an exciting day for me and my family, especially when you sign your first NHL contract on your birthday,” said Bailey, who played the past three seasons in the OHL. “It’s certainly a day I’ll never forget. I still have a lot of work to do and I’m willing to do it.”
Bailey is coming off his best season in the OHL by scoring 28 goals and 67 assists for 96 points in 69 games for Windsor. He led his team in scoring, while ranking 10th overall in the league in points. His 67 assists also ranked third overall in the OHL. In 191 career OHL games, Bailey has scored 58 goals with 125 assists for 183 assists.

"Josh's hockey intelligence is definitely there," said Head Coach Scott Gordon. "He has a good head on his shoulders, which will make transitioning to this level easier."
An alternate captain with Windsor last season, the junior club has named him team captain if he returns to the team this season.

Click here to watch Steve Mears' one-on-one interview with Josh Bailey about the signing.
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