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The Isles Pick Josh Bailey With The 9th

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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

Michael Schuerlein

5 Comments

  1. Garth Snow does it again. With a shot at a top tier pick in this year’s draft, that stupid s.o.b some how manages to ruin it for everyone by trading the 5th pick. the Isles had a shot at Filatov, but like your typical Garth Snow, all the hype of anything exciting happening for our club has gone out the window. I had it with this club. i am terminating my ticket plans for next year. Bring the isles to Brooklyn.

  2. I don’t have a problem with what Snow did. He turned one pick into five. The Islanders are rebuilding, they need draft picks. Having four draft picks in the second round isn’t going to hurt. If Bailey and the four second round picks turn into top six forwards or top four defenseman, nobody will care who Filatov is. I also think it’s funny, most Islander fans didn’t want Schenn, but now he’s Bobby Orr.

  3. I think that they should have taken Filatov he was a better scorer and that’s what the islanders need.

  4. The Islanders are the SLOWEST and most BORING team to watch play that i have seen in a long time. It’s like watching paint dry. They travel around the ice like they have cement in their skates. Most of the time the Isles defense is pinching and they get burned 80% of the time and a goal at the other end develops. If if wasnt for DP the Isles would lose every night. I really like the Isles but my patience as a long time Isles fan is wearing thin.

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