New York Islanders

Islanders: Why the Team Should Consider Trading Josh Bailey

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 05: Ben Bishop #30 of the St. Louis Blues sticks aside a shot by Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on March 5, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Blues 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst INovember 29, 2016

Josh Bailey, the young, 21-year-old center, was drafted ninth overall in the 2008 NHL entry draft. He was supposed to be one of the Isles saviors, and future star player.

However, in 211 games, Bailey has only scored 34 goals and 54 assists, which totals 88 points. What happened?

Many say he still needs time to develop. Others say that the Isles rushed him into the NHL. And others say that he is a bust. It's still not clear what he is, exactly.

But the main question is, does he still have a role on the team in the near future?

I believe the Islanders should cut ties with Bailey, as he is the fourth best center on a team full of depth. John Tavares, Frans Nielsen, and Marty Reasoner all come before him.

Bailey has potential, but with prospects such as Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, and Kirill Kabanov coming to the team in a matter of years, Bailey's time to prove himself is running out. Nino Niederreiter will surely be taking a roster spot either this season or the next, and the other three players appear to have more talent than Bailey.

Whether Bailey can actually improve or not, the Isles should trade him while he still has value. Garth Snow should go after what the Islanders need more of, as they already have an abundance of offense—all seemingly better than Bailey.

The Isles could deal him and maybe a draft pick in exchange for a good defenseman, something the Islanders could really use to complete the team.

The chances of Bailey being traded are very good, as he is still the only unsigned player.

As he currently is the worst center on the team, and with Ryan Strome possibly NHL by next season, Snow should trade Bailey for a decent player before it's too late.

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