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Isles Player Preview: Josh Bailey

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Josh Bailey

Right Wing

Position: RW Shoots: Left
Height: 6'1 Born: 10/2/1989
Weight: 210 Hometown: Bowmanville, ON

2015-16 GP G A PTS PIM
Islanders 81 12 20 32 22

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2015-16 Season: Josh Bailey followed up a career-year (41 points) in 2014-15 with 32 points (12G, 20A) last season. 

Offensively, Bailey’s production came in spurts. He started the season with six points (3G, 3A) in his first nine games, scored six points (2G, 4A) in a seven-game stretch in mid-November, and pieced together a four-game point streak (1G, 3A) in mid-December. He scored half of his goals and points by Dec. 13 (30 games into the season) and hit an Islanders milestone on Nov. 30, playing in his 500th game with the team. 

In the playoffs, Bailey suffered a concussion in Game 6 against the Florida Panthers, keeping him out of Games 1 and 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Bailey returned in Game 3, scoring two goals in a 5-4 OT loss to the Lightning. 

Highlight Reel Moment: Bailey scores two goals against the Lightning in Game 3 (May 3, 2016)

The Look Ahead: Bailey’s numbers dropped slightly after his career year, though his goal total was nearly the same despite taking fewer shots (1.3 per game down from 2 last year) last season. Bailey has always been more of a playmaker, but has been good for double-digit goals in six of his eight seasons with the Islanders. 

The 2008 first-rounder is now the most tenured Islander with 557 games, one of two players with 500+ games with the team - the other being John Tavares. He’s become a more versatile player for Jack Capuano, moving to the wing and taking on a more defensive role, while also helping out on the power play and penalty kill for the Islanders. His contributions will come on both sides of the puck. 

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