Finally, a pick!
Isles select Center Josh Bailey with the 9th pick.
Just found out they have until tomorrow to decide on Toronto’s options.
Some background on Bailey:
Check out a great write up on Joshua on NewYorkIslanders.com
Center. Shoots Left. 6’0″, 188 lbs. Born: Oshawa, Ontario, October 2, 1989.
Hometown: Bowmanville, Ontario
NHL Director of Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire
Strengths: “Josh is the quarterback on the power-play, from down low, for the Windsor Spitfires and I think he is going to continue to be that. He is a good play-making centerman with the ability to feed his linemates when he needs to and shoot the puck when the play requires that.”
Areas to improve: “He needs to add a little bit more grit to his game, he is a tireless worker and if he can get in there and grind it out with some of the other players that he currently plays against in the OHL, that will be good experience for when he reaches the NHL.”
Outlook: “He is a skilled centerman who is going to be on your power-play, if not the first power-play, certainly part of a good second power-play unit. He is going to be a skilled play-making player in the NHL and good things are going to happen for him at the next level due to his hard work.”
NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
“Josh is a really hard working up and down guy who has great puck skill and play-making ability. He has the ability to pass through any type of traffic and is an energy guy for Windsor. He’s not a fighter but he’s not one to be afraid of anyone or back down and he doesn’t get knocked around. The biggest component of his game that needs improvement was his competitiveness, but he stepped it up down the stretch and really showed that next level.”
Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner
“Joshua is a highly skilled player who can play on both ends of the ice as well as on the penalty kill and power-play units. He has the unique ability to make players around him better.”
Stats 2007-08 Windsor OHL GP:67 G:29 A:67 PTS:96 PIM:32