When Josh Bailey heats up, you don’t ask questions. Click Add Player and start figuring out who you’re drop. The 9th Overall pick in the 2008 draft piled up points in spurts last season, including 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) during a 13-game stretch. He scored 96 points playing 67 games during the 2007-08 OHL season. I added him a short while back and have gotten 2 Goals, an Assist, 4 Penalty Minutes, 2 PPP and a +2 plus/minus from his past two games. He’s off to a hot start (7 points in 5 games) and qualifies at both Left Wing and Center. He has the talent and ability to put up points in bunches, we’re just waiting for some consistency. Recent reports say he looks very strong with the puck and is making better decisions. As of now, Bailey is owned in only 17% of Yahoo! leagues.
Here’s a Josh Bailey scouting report that I found on a message board. It was posted over two years ago in the summer of 2008.
Strengths: The solid two-way forward has been Windsor’s best player from the beginning of the season. He has put up hoards of points with his strong playmaking abilities, vision and anticipation. He skates well enough to get to were he’s going and has a decent burst of acceleration. He is a tireless worker and plays solid along the boards. He has been able to add a good grit factor this season. Bailey is very defensively responsible with solid defensive positioning and reads. He drives the net and cycles well down low. Offensively he has a good shot but his strength is his ability to set-up teammates.
Weakness: Skating needs to improve if he is to play the same solid two-way game at the next level. He also could use an added physical element as he frequently backs off his aggressive play when pushed around. Improved strength could go along way to improving both these areas.
When I added Josh Bailey to the team (Bob Anal Probert), I had to drop Matt Taormina. A day after I dropped him, I began to regret the move when he scored a Goal (six Shots on Goal) and added an Assist in the loss to Colorado. Maybe I should have released Anton Stralman instead. As soon as I dropped Taormina, someone else nabbed him. Sigh. I didn’t know much about the Devil’s undrafted Defenseman until reading this Dobber Hockey article, but I did know he played quarterback on the power play for Ilya Kovalchuk. That’s all I needed to know.