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Edmonton Oilers sign Justin Bailey to one-year, two-way contract

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Zach Laing
19 days ago
The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Justin Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract.
As part of the signing, Bailey was placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors.
Bailey signed with the Condors on Sept. 8 and has appeared in 16 games with the team this year scoring four goals and 10 points. Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round of the 2013 draft, he’s played in only 82 NHL games over his career scoring five goals and nine points.
The Oilers had brought Bailey into town on a professional tryout, but it didn’t work out.
I asked Oilersnation’s prospect and Condors guru Bruce Curlock for some thoughts on Bailey’s game this year, and this is what he had to say:
Justin Bailey is an absolute terror of a right-shot power forward. He’s a big, big man who skates incredibly well for his size. He’s also got very soft hands. Despite all of these traits he has not scored as much as most would have projected. Some of this is injury related as Bailey has suffered a myriad of injuries in his career including off-season shoulder surgery this summer. The other part relates to his inability to use his teammates better when he has the puck. His last 5 games have been much better this way and it shows in his point production 0-5-5. This is a player that could help a bottom-six group with his size and speed.
He’s spent time within the Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks’ organizations appearing in 312 AHL games with their affiliates. In those games, he’s scored 115 goals and 208 points so his strengths have lied in being a strong organizational depth player.
With Bailey’s signing today, the Oilers now sit at 45 out of 50 contracts.

BAILEY’S CAREER SO FAR

NHL Totals8254918
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIM+/-PGPGAPtsPIM
2015-16Rochester AmericansAHL7020254516-7
2015-16Buffalo SabresNHL80002-2
2016-17Rochester AmericansAHL52231336354
2016-17Buffalo SabresNHL3222440
2017-18Rochester AmericansAHL371051528332020
2017-18Buffalo SabresNHL123142-2
2018-19Rochester AmericansAHL3791120180
2018-19Lehigh Valley PhantomsAHL1762812-4
2018-19Philadelphia FlyersNHL1101120
2019-20Utica CometsAHL532819473910
2019-20Vancouver CanucksNHL200000
2020-21Vancouver CanucksNHL30002-2
2021-22Vancouver CanucksNHL140006-5
2021-22Abbotsford CanucksAHL30151227205
2022-23Edmonton Oilers*NHLStatistics Unavailable
2022-23Bakersfield CondorsAHL16461022-2

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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