Justin Bailey

Darren Walker

Bailey is an athletic specimen with real NHL upside. He skates well with powerful stride that produces good amounts of speed, impressive first step acceleration and outstanding directional mobility. His speed helps him close in on opponents in a real hurry on the forecheck as well as getting to loose pucks. He generates chances off the rush and is able to stickhandle through traffic. He’s also able to surprise goaltenders with a quick shot, as he has a very good release and velocity on his wrister. Bailey displays good vision and makes accurate passes of varying distances, uses his strong frame and long reach in his puck protection as he glides to the net. He has his moments, but for the most part does not play with much physical consistency. He has a bad tendency to watch the puck on his stick as he moves through the neutral zone which can be devastating if defenders step up on him. Despite his frame, Bailey can be easily knocked of the puck as he is still a little spindly in the legs. This will undoubtedly improve with added strength and muscle mass. Simply put, Bailey is a player with some very impressive tool but will need time to put it all together. (May 2013)