The Islanders took care of another piece of their core today, locking up Josh Bailey for another five years. The deal is worth $16.5 million dollars. With Josh signing today the only player still left to be signed is Thomas Hickey.
Since he was drafted by the Islanders, Bailey has struggled mightily to be playmaker and scorer the Islanders thought he was going to be.
There is no question that since Josh Bailey was the Islanders number one draft pick in 2008, management has not done a great job of developing him as an elite player in the NHL.
If Bailey can continue to shows flashes of his great stick work and hand eye coordination he could be a 20+ goal scorer.
With Bailey signed this creates a log jam at the forward position. If you look at the lines as they are set up now, Garth Snow will have to make a few moves.
Again, these lines are not set in stone, training camp will decide that.
Katie Strang first reported the signing.
#Isles Josh Bailey's five-year deal worth $16.5 million— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) July 15, 2013