Originally Posted by Big Ev
What are your thought on Justin Bailey? Saw a couple of Rangers games and he really impressed me. He's been hot lately.
Evan, I really really like Bailey. It's a bit worrisome how much he has battled injuries in his short career but his talents that are unique to him (ridiculous shot and creativity) are some of the best in the draft. Bailey's shot is something to marvel at. Luckily, I have been able to catch Bailey four times live this season and in three of those showings I walked away impressed. He's a player with first round talent and a team might like his skill set enough to take a flier on him late in round one ...but more likely a mid 2nd round pick.
With the Rangers a true playoff contender, Bailey has the chance to improve his draft stock. He just needs to stay in the lineup and simply score goals.
Kerby Rychel is a player known for his scoring prowess in the 2013 draft and he's ranked mid-late 1st by most scouting organizations but I could see a player like Justin Bailey becoming a better NHLer.
He's one of the true "wildcards" of the draft.