Barring something unforeseen, New York Islanders rookie Mathew Barzal is starting to look like he’ll run away with the Calder Trophy this year. With 62 points in 61 games, he leads all rookies by 12 points and ranks 16th overall in the NHL. He is just the latest example of a first-year player raising the bar for our expectations of what is possible for rookies.
The influx of budding stars is making for a more entertaining product on the ice. Barzal is absolutely the kind of player who you want to pay to watch. Even if he were just doing laps in an empty arena, you could probably charge for to see him impress.
The NBA schedule giveth and taketh away. A week after being granted a schedule advantage against Golden State, the Nuggets will be on the wrong side Louis Vasquez Youth jersey of the schedule against the Suns. The Nuggets will be in Houston on Feb. 9, then head out that same night — gaining an hour — for Phoenix to close out a back-to-back set. And let it be said — heading from Houston to Phoenix overnight is no easy flight. As the crow flies, that route is more than 1,000 miles. Oh, and the Suns will hold a two-day rest advantage coming into this one.
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The 28-year-old forward, selected to his first All-Star appearance last month, has 15 goals and 47 assists this season — already setting career highs for assists and points (62). Bailey is tied for seventh in the league in assists and third on the Islanders in points, behind rookie Mathew Barzal (65) and captain John Tavares (64).
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Josh has become one of the core members of the New York Islanders, general Manager Garth Snow said in a statement. To come into the past few seasons and see Josh set new career highs each year, has been impressive and we’re excited to see him continue to do that with the organization as we move forward.
Bailey’s contract status was largely overshadowed this season by that of Tavares, who is also in the final year of his deal.
Selected by the Islanders in the first round, No. 9 overall, in the 2008 NHL draft, Bailey has 121 goals and 247 assists in 697 games over 10 seasons in New York. He also has four goals and seven assists in 22 career playoff games.