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.
Erie Otters forward, and top rated prospect, Connor McDavid continues to make his case heading into next June’s NHL Draft.
The 17-year-old notched four points in his third consecutive game Friday night as the Otters defeated the Kitchener Rangers 8-3 in Ontario Hockey League action.
McDavid now has seven goals and nine assists through five games.
The center scored 28 goals and 99 points in 56 OHL games last season.
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.
The Buffalo Sabres may have lost their second straight pre-season game to the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday dropping them to 1-2-1, but afterwards head coach Ted Nolan was singing the praises of young forward Mikhail Grigorenko and why not? He showed excellent hand-eye coordination receiving a pass from line mate Cody Hodgson on the game’s opening goal and then absolutely undressed Leafs starter Jonathan Bernier in the shootout.
The Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals retired the No. 91 of John Tavares on Sunday night. Tavares joins Bobby Orr, Red Tilson and Eric Lindros as the only players in Generals’ history to have their numbers retired. The Islanders captain scored 183 goals and 383 points in 223 games with the Generals before being dealt to the London Knights in his final season. (video via amfmradio590)
The St. Louis Blues signed undrafted defenseman Dmitrii Sergeev to a three-year entry level contract Sunday. Sergeev, 18, was with the Blues at their Traverse City Prospect Tournament and earned an invitation to training camp on a tryout basis. He’s since been returned to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League ( St. Louis Blues)
Martin Leclerc of CBC’s Radio-Canada recently conducted a poll of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League GMs, which resulted in 89 percent saying they would be against a ban on fighting in the league. (HockeyFights.com)
Defenseman Blake Kessel is at Toronto Marlies camp on an invite and over the weekend he discussed his on-going rivalry with older brother, and Leafs star, Phil Kessel. (The Canadian Press)
The Anaheim Ducks might get a peek into their future in goal soon.
The team announced the recall of goalie John Gibson from the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. Gibson was the Ducks’ second-round pick, 39th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft and is regarded as the future No. 1 goalie for the franchise.
Gibson is getting the call from Norfolk because Frederik Anderson is under the weather and did not travel with the team to Edmonton. He will likely be backing up starter Jonas Hiller when they face the Oilers this afternoon.
Gibson is in his first full season as a pro after spending two seasons in the OHL with the Kitchener Rangers. In 45 games with the Admirals, he’s 21-17-4 with a .919 save percentage and a 2.34 goals-against average. Gibson, a Pittsburgh native, led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia and was named tournament MVP.
The Dallas Stars confirmed what they said over the summer and won’t rush 2012 first-round pick Radek Faksa to the NHL.
The team announced they’re sending the 19-year-old Czech back to the OHL Kitchener Rangers. Faksa was taken 13th overall in last year’s draft and they’re hoping he’ll be one of their top centers soon.
Last season with Kitchener, Faksa had his season hampered by a MCL strain. He played in just 39 games scoring nine goals with 22 assists. In the OHL playoffs, he had four goals and two assists in 10 games. Two years ago, his first in the OHL, he had 67 points in 62 games leading to his lofty position in the draft.