Islanders' Josh Bailey: Unprotected for Vegas draft

Bailey was not among one of the players that the Islanders elected to protect in the expansion draft, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

There is a widely circulated rumor traveling around that the Islanders have a deal in place with the Golden Knights involving their first-round pick that will keep Vegas from selecting players like Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Bailey. If the Isles haven't made a deal with Vegas, Bailey figures to be an attractive option given his career-high 56 points last year.

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