WNY Hockey Prospects

Justin Bailey

 

Williamsville, NY

Position: Center/Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 202 lbs
Current Team: Rochester Americans 
Previous Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2014 – 2015)

 

Junior Draft Status:

Drafted 2011 Round 1 #11 Overall by Indiana Ice in the USHL Futures Draft

Drafted 2011 Round 7 #128 Overall by Kitchener Rangers in the OHL Priority Selection

 

NHL Draft Status:

Drafted 2013 Round 2 #52 Overall by Buffalo Sabres in the NHL Entry Draft

 

Western New York Hockey Prospects Overall Rank: #1 Overall

 

Bailey was a regular at the First Niagara Center weight room over the summer, and the results immediately paid off with a strong showing for the Sabres at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, MI. Bailey was one of a few bright spots in the tourney, looking faster, stronger, and more determined in loose puck battles. He was denied a look in an NHL preseason contest, but the ramp-up immediately resumed upon his return to the OHL. He still has a finesse game to him, but it’s as if he started to realize how big and strong he is, and the assertiveness has brought out the best in his game. He’s lowering his shoulder more and leaning towards the middle when taking defenders one-on-one. The puck is popping off his tape as his velocity and accuracy have improved. Bailey is going to be a big part of what should be a deep Soo playoff run. The experience should help the rapidly improving forward as he takes on AHL level competition in 2015-16. – Kris Baker of Sabresprospects.com