Today, Islanders forward Josh Bailey is celebrating his 24th birthday.
After being selected ninth overall in the 2008 draft, Bailey has struggled to make the impact GM Garth Snow hoped he would after spending his first, first round draft pick as GM on him. However, toward the end of last season and into the playoffs Bailey appeared to be playing with a new confidence about his game that we had never seen before. The Islanders bought into that confidence and in the off season signed Bailey to a 5 year contract worth 16 million dollars. This season it is up to Bailey to keep that play going on a more consistent basis and show the Islanders they didn't make a mistake signing him to such a long term contract.
We would like to wish Bailey a very happy birthday and wish him the best of luck as the season gets started in just two days.