The Buffalo Sabres have signed 2013 second round pick Justin Bailey to a three-year, entry-level contract the club announced Sunday.
Bailey, a Buffalo native, is in his third season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League where he has nine goals and 18 points in 13 games.
In 124 career OHL games, Bailey has 51 goals and 97 points to go along with 68 penalty minutes.
Bailey grew up a Sabres fan and lived next door to former Sabres’ Mike Peca, Rob Ray and Matthew Barnaby.
Sunday’s news sees the story come full circle for the 19-year-old.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Cam Janssen and a host of other former and current Blues players are playing a charity hockey game in Missouri for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Janssen’s ties to New Jersey helped make it happen. (NHLPA)
Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Duncan Keith are all thinking about heading to Europe. (CSNChicago.com)
You’ll get more on this later this morning: Jason Chimera signs in Czech Extraliga for a newly dubious team. (Allan Walsh on Twitter)
Don Cherry is a huge fan of Twitter. Whaaaaaaat? (Globe And Mail)
The Flyers’ AHL team will be called the Lehigh Valley Phantoms when they move to Allentown next season. (Allentown Morning Call)
Alex Burmistrov is doing just fine in the AHL. (Winnipeg Sun)
Former Sabres tough guy Rob Ray is hoping everyone in labor talks can just cool off for a bit. (Toronto Sun)
Today marks Day 61 of the NHL lockout. By the way, Rick Nash has nine goals and five assists for HC Davos in Switzerland.