More on the logistical headache this Sean Bergeheim/roster logjam creates for the Islanders later, but for now I'll leave you with a pleasant image: Josh Bailey on the left wing.

Who would've known a month ago what a difference such a move could make, but Bailey's transition from center to wing has certainly been a fruitful one. 

Bailey is currently enjoying a 6-game point streak, including eight points in the past four games. His recent tear was capped by an outstanding 3-point performance (1 goal, 2 assists) against Phoenix.

So how much of this can be attributed to his change in position?

"I don't feel like I've changed a lot in my game, but obviously I've been playing better," Bailey said. "Going to the wing has been a good thing."

Beyond merely a good thing, the wing has become a spot where Bailey has thrived and felt comfortable.

"I feel like I kind of found a home on the wing," Bailey said.

When Scott Gordon initially approached him with the idea--as a way to give him more ice time rather than relegate him to third-line center minutes--Bailey said he was immediately open to it.  Now that he has derived such success there, he'd be open to the possibility of it becoming more than just a temporary move.

"Absolutely. Whatever it takes," Bailey said. "Whatever it takes to be an impact player."

Gordon said if an injury required him to move Bailey back to the pivot he wouldn't hesitate, but sees no incentive to move him now given the way he's producing.

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"He's shown that he can be a top-6 guy. We're seeing signs he's playing with confidence. We're seeing the passing, the skating, the battling, the shot. We're just seeing a more complete game from him. Last year, we just saw flashes each game, now we're seeing everything."

One thing that has impressed Gordon is Bailey's ability to generate that stop-and-start explosiveness required on the wing, a quality he lacked last year.

"100%," Gordon said about his improvement in that area. "The biggest thing with Josh last year was after he made a play he stood still. He didn't have that jump out of the hole to go somewhere."

Bailey recognized that weakness in his game and tailored his off-season workouts accordingly. While training with a group in Whitby, Ontario, Bailey spent every Tuesday and Thursday working at the track at gaining speed and explosiveness. After a while, one of his trainers remarked that he could tell a huge difference.

"It really seemed to work and I think that speed-wise I've gotten better," Bailey said.

Perhaps that serves as a microcosm of Bailey's attitude and willingness to improve. Each time he has experienced low points in his season this year (i.e. being scratched against Carolina, 23 straight periods without a shot on goal last month) Bailey has shown the maturity, character and resilience to respond. 

"That's something everyone wants to do. You want to prove everyone wrong and use it as motivation," Bailey said. "I'm just hoping there won't be any stretches like that in the future."