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Justin Bailey Profile

Justin Bailey
Ht/Wt: 6' 3"/190 lbs
Position: C
Team: Kitchener (OHL)

Justin Bailey's Player Profile

Strengths – Justin Bailey is one of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s draft class because he’s loaded with talent, but he’s raw. Bailey is a very good skater despite his big stature. He accelerates in a hurry and once he gets going he probably won’t be caught. Bailey has good puck skills, good hands and can really control the puck once he gets it on his stick. He uses his size and strength to protect it and does an excellent job. Bailey isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice, whether it be battling for space in front or for the puck in the corner. He works hard and wins more than his fair share of puck battles because of the effort and work ethic he possesses. Bailey is a good passer and has ability to set plays up, but he’s a much better finisher. Bailey has the benefit of an excellent shot in his arsenal. His shot is very hard and accurate, and the puck gets off his stick in a hurry.

Weaknesses – Bailey is loaded with talent, but he’s still raw. He has the tools to play the game at a high level, but he’s still learning how to best utilize them. He needs to bulk up, too, but that will likely come with time.

Career Projection – Bailey is a high-risk, high-reward pick. He’s loaded with talent and undoubtedly has the potential to be a very good top-6 forward. The question is, how likely is that to happen?
Submitted by: Todd Cordell of The Hockey Guys - June 4th 2013

More of a project at this point, but the upside is considerable… Big bodied winger who possesses an NHL caliber release and shot power… Bit of an awkward skater but can create lanes for himself to drive… Needs to work on his overall puck handling and overall game.
Submitted by: The Scouting Report

He is definitely a very talented hockey player with so much potential and the pro game could be a reality with his size and skills. A good skater who has good offensive instincts as he protects the puck well, works along the walls and corners, and knows how to find the back of the net too. One improvement would be to play more aggressive and use size advantage more often in physical play. Watched in Tier I U16 Nationals in March (Buffalo, NY) and could tell he has talent but didn’t put it into the next gear and take over like he is capable of doing. Scored a nice goal in All-Star game Friday morning with nifty move around defensman on off-wing and then releasing a quick snap shot short-side low. Rumor in Rochester was he was not only headed to NTDP, but taking his game to the OHL with Kitchener. His talents deserved to make the Ivan Hlinka team for USA.
Submitted by: Russ Bitely from the USA Hockey Player Development Camp – Select 17s (‘95s) – Rochester, NY – June 24th-29th

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