Welcome to the allislanders.com series of player report cards! In these articles (in alphabetical order by last name), you will see a player’s statistics and our ratings of that player based on a variety of factors.
The most important factor is importance to team and consistency. This rating is out of 25 points, and will be determine based of how important that player was. If the player was off the team, how would the team fare? This question was taken into mind in this ranking.
Offense and defense are also taken into account. This will be determined by how effective the player was by HIS standards. For example, Stephen Gionta may not have had 30 goals or have been a +40, but he was very productive for the team when he played so he will receive a high score.
Physicality/tenaciousness, clutch factor, and leadership are smaller scores that are important to us, so they will be ranked as ten points, ten points and five points respectively. Together, the points available from each category equal 100 points and all the points received will be added up into a letter grade.
Today’s Player Report Card: Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey’s 2016-2017 Season Stats: GP: 82 G: 13 A: 43 P: 56 +/-: +5 GWG: 1
With the free agency departures of Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey became the longest tenured Islander on the current roster. 639 NHL regular-season games later, all with the Isles, Bailey is coming off a career year in assists, and points. Bailey’s 43 assists breaks his career high in points (41) and that’s without even counting the 13 goals he put up in his 56 point career year.
Importance to Team/Consistency: 25/25
Josh Bailey played in all of the team’s 82 games and maintained a steady pace throughout the season, never going through a slump that lasted more than a handful of games. For majority of the season, Bailey found himself on the first line, playing right wing with John Tavares at center and Anders Lee at left wing. If you look at all the goals Tavares scored this season, it’s safe to say a good number of them don’t come without the hard work and playmaking of Josh Bailey. Setting up your best player to succeed? Sounds like something that is important to any team.
You really couldn’t ask for more from Josh Bailey who was coming off a 32 point season and had never broken 41 points in his career. Expectations were fairly low as Bailey has often been used as a scapegoat for the team’s poor play. However, this year Bailey took every opportunity given to him and made the most of it, crushing previous career highs in the process.
Josh Bailey isn’t known for his defense and isn’t expected to be a defensive guy. Bailey isn’t a penalty killer and despite winning 53.33% of his draws this year, you won’t see him out there to take a critical faceoff.
Bailey has never been the most physical player, and he has had a reputation in the past of not being strong along the boards. This season, he played much better, but he still had some careless turnovers and was not as physical as he could have been.
Clutch Factor: 8/10
Other than Bailey’s overtime winner in the team’s third game of the season, Bailey did not have any other game-winning/go-ahead goals although he did set up his fair share of them. Bailey is still clutch though and although many think of clutch as scoring a late goal to tie it or win it, there are many different forms of clutch. Consistency is a hard thing to find in a league where players are often streaky, but this season Bailey was very consistent and could almost always be relied on to help his team late in the game whether they were down a goal or tied. A prime example of this was a game against the Maple Leafs where the Isles were down in the final minute 5-4 and there net was empty. Bailey, who also had a goal in the game, faked a shot, moved to the outside, and then played the puck in front, setting up Andrew Ladd for the tap-in goal to tie it at 5-5.
Unfortunately for the Islanders, they had many injuries this season including injuries at all different points of the year to players that often wear letters on their sweater in Travis Hamonic, Cal Clutterbuck, John Tavares, and Andrew Ladd. During those times, Bailey was often the man wearing an “A” in their place including the final games of the season.
Josh Bailey Season Highlights:
Grade: 91/100; A-