After his surprising demotion to Bridgeport, Josh Bailey has responded about as well as the Islanders could've possibly hoped--eight points in the past six games.
In addition to his three goals and five assists, Bailey has been named the first star in the past two games for the Sound Tigers. Last night, Bailey scored the game-winner in Bridgeport's 5-3 win over Springfield.
"He's playing extremely well," general manager Garth Snow said when reached by telephone Thursday afternoon.
Which begs the question...when will he return?
Although he is averaging more than a point a game and seems to have re-established his scoring touch, Snow was cryptic about the Islanders immediate plans for the 2008 first-round pick.
"There's no timeframe for him. It will be when he feels and we feel he has his confidence back," Snow said.
Snow did indicate, however, that he has been impressed with how the 21-year-old Bailey dealt with the difficult re-assignment. Before sending him down after his 159th game--a player requires waivers once he reaches the 160-game threshold--Snow told Newsday he was confident Bailey's maturity and character would enable him to deal with the adverse circumstances.
"The encouraging sign is that he went down there and is playing at a high level,."