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Justin Bailey | Winger

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (20) / 7/1/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 207

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Buffalo has signed Justin Bailey to a three-year, entry-level deal.
The second-round pick is playing in his third season with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, where he's produced nine goals and 18 points in 13 games so far. The Williamsville, NY native is excited to get a chance to play for his favorite team. Mon, Nov 3, 2014 10:17:00 AM

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Justin Bailey was among Buffalo's first cuts on Monday.

He was returned to his junior team in Kitchener. Nicholas Baptiste (Sudbury, OHL), Justin Kea (Saginaw, OHL), Logan Nelson (Victoria, WHL) and defenseman Connor Boland (Peterborough, OHL) will also rejoin their respective CHL clubs.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 06:23:00 AM

When Sabres draft pick Justin Bailey was a child growing up in the Buffalo area, he received a recommendation from veteran NHLer Danny Briere, through a friend, to read the book "Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence," co-authored by Gary Mack and David Casstevens.

"It was great to have a guy like that show me a book to help my game," said Bailey, who was inspired by the book. "I was probably 11 or 12 years old and I actually bought another copy to re-read it. The thing that I think separates a good hockey player from a great hockey player is dedication and work ethic. If you can get a mental edge over guys, you'll be set. That's what the book describes." Bailey has always been impressed with Briere's style of play. "He's so calm on the ice, so silent, and he scores a lot of goals," Bailey said. "Hearing a recommendation from a guy like that to read that book was great because I knew it would help my game." Bailey's dad, Carlton Bailey, spent a decade in the NFL as a linebacker with the Bills. When he lived in Buffalo with his mother, he was introduced to ex-Sabres players Rob Ray, Michael Peca and Matthew Barnaby, all of whom lived in the same condominium building.
Sat, Aug 17, 2013 02:12:00 PM

Williamsville's Justin Bailey was thrilled to be selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 draft.

"It's surreal. I always loved the Sabres. This is definitely a dream come true," Bailey said. "It's a blessing for me to be taken at all. There's not disappointment being drafted into the NHL. There's thousands of other kids that won't get drafted and will never play at a high level. For me to be taken anywhere at this draft, especially by the hometown team, is really special." The Sabres picked him with the No. 52 overall choice in the draft. He notched 17 goals 36 points in 57 games with Kitchener during his first OHL season in 2012-13. Buffalo selected another Western New York native in Sean Malone, who was picked in the sixth round.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 10:46:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres drafted winger Justin Bailey with the 52nd pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Bailey boasts useful size and an impressive shot. Like other hot prospects, he has family members who've reached the professional level in sports, as his father Carlton Bailey played for the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 07:12:00 PM

Justin Bailey feels motivated to get higher on the NHL Central Scouting 2013 draft list.

He was ranked ninth among North American skaters in the OHL. "I'm right on the cusp of first round, second round," he said. "It's good to be there." Bailey missed five games after suffering a concussion early into the season, but he has been developing a rhythm lately and has put up 10 points in 20 games this season with Kitchener.
Mon, Nov 26, 2012 10:45:00 AM

Justin Bailey returned to action last week from a concussion.

He didn't play much in his first game back last Friday, but he scored twice in a 5-2 Rangers' win against Kingston on Sunday. Bailey is a highly rated prospect for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Here's what Central Scouting's top Ontario scout, Chris Edwards, had to say about his game: "He's a big guy, uses his size well. He's got a real good shot and he's able to get it off coming in off the wing. For a guy that really never played at much of a [high] caliber before, he looked like he had it all together. He looked like he had an offensive touch to him. He used his size well. I left Rochester thinking he might be a top forward with a really good skill set. That's what I still think he's going to be."
Tue, Oct 23, 2012 01:56:00 PM

Justin Bailey has been suffering from concussion-like symptoms after he was hit hard by Calgary prospect Pat Sieloff on Sept. 27 in an OHL game.

"Generally, Justin is feeling better," said Kitchener's head trainer, Dan LeBold via e-mail. "However, he is still experiencing some symptoms so we have not begun the 'Return to Play' protocol as of yet. We are continuing to monitor his symptoms to see when he may be ready to begin the RTP protocol." The team expects him to recover and play again this season. The injury forced him to miss the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All American Prospect Game. He is draft eligible for 2013 and he projects to be a top prospect in the class.
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 02:56:00 PM

One of the higher ranked prospects for this season's June draft, Justin Bailey, sustained an undisclosed injury in OHL action Friday.

He will miss a U.S.A. Hockey prospect game Saturday as he recovers. Bailey was injured after taking an open ice hit while playing for the Kitchener Rangers. We'll let you know if this injury is serious and whether it might effect Bailey's status as a top prospect.
Sat, Sep 29, 2012 10:34:00 AM

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