Since being drafted 9th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Josh Bailey has endured a lot of hatred from Islanders fans. He was hyped up to be our savior, but since he was not that, every Islanders fan hates the guy. Bailey is a good two way forward and good role player for the Islanders. He plays on the penalty kill, the power play and plays on the top line with John Tavares and Anders Lee.
Stop with the hate of Josh Bailey because he is having a stellar year and has been crucial.
Bailey now sitting on 299 points.. Only 5 others in his draft class (Stamkos, Karlsson, Eberle, Doughty, Stepan) have reached 300. #isles— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) March 10, 2017
He is also third in the NHL in even-strength assists this season:
He is currently sitting on 299 points for his career. The hatred might be there, but fans cannot deny that he is a good two-way forward for this team. He is not a career 1st liner, but he is a solid middle six forward. Just because he was not the Islanders savior does not mean he is not important to the franchise.
He has more points than some would call “superstar” players or players they would want over Bailey:
Here's some of the players Josh Bailey has more points than this year:— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) March 10, 2017
As some people would say; patience is a virtue. Since the Islanders were patient with Josh Bailey, it is paying dividends for them on the ice now. As Bailey is on pace for 60 points this season (15 goals, 45 assists), he is turning out to be a very solid player and could be a big factor down the stretch and for years to come. That is of course, if he is not selected in the expansion draft.
As the hate dwindles down little by little as each game goes by, Islander fans will have to start hating somebody else.
ALL HAIL JOSH BAILEY!