We all remember him as one of the three star players that came over to the Greyhounds before the trade deadline back in 2015, and now he has inked a deal with the NHL team that drafted him.
The Buffalo Sabres have announced on Sunday that they have signed former Soo Greyhounds forward Justin Bailey to a one-year, two way contract worth as much as $715, 000.
Bailey was selected by the Sabres in the 2nd round (52nd overall) back in 2013.
Back on January 6th, 2015, Bailey came over to the Greyhounds in a trade with the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for forward David Miller along with four draft picks.
Forward Nick Ritchie and defenceman Anthony DeAngelo were the other star players who also came over to the Hounds prior to the January 10th trade deadline that year (2015).
This past season, the 23 year old split time with the AHL’s Rochester Americans and the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
The Rochester Americans, not to mention, are the affiliate team of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres.
As a member of the Greyhounds during the 2014-2015 season, Bailey had 12 goals and 28 points in 22 regular season games, before scoring 7 goals and 14 points in 14 playoff games.
He also led the Hounds in power play goals (4) during the 2015 postseason.
During his first season with the Americans in 2015-2016, Bailey led the club in goals (20), assists (25) and points (45).
Bailey, to date, has spent his entire AHL career with the Americans.
In 52 career games with the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, the Buffalo, New York native has 5 goals and 3 assists.
The last time the Soo saw Bailey play hockey live at the Essar Centre, was back on October 5th, 2016, when the Essar Centre hosted an NHL preseason game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres.
That night, Bailey scored a shorthanded goal for the Sabres in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.