Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/29/08 at 04:17 PM ET
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
Ninth overall draft pick Josh Bailey could have returned quietly to Windsor as soon as he recovered from the lower body injury he suffered in training camp, and all concerned would have praised the skill he showed and the wisdom of the club to let him mature as captain of the Spitfires and a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Championships after Christmas in Ottawa.
But quite simply, the Islanders need a bright light like Bailey far more than he needs them. In the midst of their struggles in the third period to hold leads and sustain an aggressive attack, Bailey’s continued development has been one of the sources of evidence that management might be on the right track in building for the future, which can’t come soon enough for general manager Garth Snow and coach Scott Gordon.
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