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03-06-2013, 04:26 PM
Join Date: May 2007
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Justin Bailey is really picking up his game in Kitchener. Big kid at 6'3 and 195lbs with really nice hands and good straight ahead skating and speed. Can really dominate in the corners and protect the puck. RH shot with a very nice release. Buffalo kid who spent time with LaFontaine and his LI Royals and also grew up around pro's like Mike Peca and Matt Barnaby.
He's one of the younger kids in the draft but has a great head on his shoulders. He had a concussion early in the season which is a bit of a red flag and hence he got off to a slow start this year. However, he's near a PPG over his last 25 games.
Like a lot of big kids who haven't filled out, he doesn't quite look comfortable on his edges. He has the agility, but his balance is what you'd expect from a kid who is a bit top-heavy. However, his dad is a former linebacker for the Bills, so you know the genes are there for him to really pack on the size while still being athletic. Has the frame to be 220lbs pretty easily.
I had him as a late 1st, but with the concussion on his resume he might slide just far enough that it's realistic to move up and get him. He's a kid I'd burn an extra pick to get without hesitation.
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