BUFFALO, N.Y.-Monday Justin Bailey turns 18 years old. Sunday there's a good chance he'll get the best ever birthday present.
Bailey is projected as a late first round or early second round pick in the NHL Entry Draft. He turned down a chance to play college hockeyat Michigan State and instead decided to play for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Justin told Two On Your Side's Stu Boyar "deciding not to play atMichigan State was tough but I don't think there's a day that I ever have any regrets about it."
Bailey expects to be back with Kitchener next season. This year he played in 57 games and scored 17 goals with 19 assists for a total of 36 points. He added 34 penalty minutes. In 10 playoff games he added a goal and two assists.
Justin toldStuthat while the draft is a big step it doesn't come with any guarantees. "It's a step whether it be first round or second round its a step in the right direction obviously. But there are first round picks that never make it and there's guys that aren't drafted who have long careers. So its all about the hard work that comes after this, its up to you whether you want to play in the NHL or you don't."
Bailey grew up a Sabres fan and did have a private workout for them.