Kitchener Rangers left wing Justin Bailey was held scoreless playing limited minutes in his team's 6-2 win Friday against Oshawa, his first game since sustaining a concussion Sept. 27 against Windsor.
The 6-foot-3.25, 194-pound forward earned an A rating from NHL Central Scouting in its preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft. He was scoreless in three games when he was injured.
Even though he's had a rough start to his Ontario Hockey League debut season, scouts aren't ready to give up on him.
"He's a big guy, uses his size well," Central Scouting's Chris Edwards, who saw Bailey during the summer at a USA Hockey camp in Rochester, N.Y., told NHL.com. "He's got a real good shot and he's able to get it off coming in off the wing. For a guy that really never played at much of a [high] caliber before, he looked like he had it all together. He looked like he had an offensive touch to him. He used his size well. I left Rochester thinking he might be a top forward with a really good skill set. That's what I still think he's going to be."
Bailey had 21 goals and 34 points in 22 games playing for the Long Island Royals of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League, a team coached by Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine.
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