The Maple Leafs announced the signing of free agent NCAA forward Casey Bailey (C/RW) to a two year entry level contract today. Bailey will be joining the Maple Leafs immediately, and as a result will “burn” the first year of his deal.
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday that the club has signed free agent forward Casey Bailey to a two-year entry level contract.
Bailey, 23, collected 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists) in 36 regular season games this season with Penn State University (Big-10). Bailey led the entire Big-10 Conference with 22 goals and ranked fourth overall with 40 points. In 96 career games at Penn State University, Bailey registered 80 points (45 goals, 35 assists) and 91 penalty minutes. The Anchorage, Alaska native led the Big-10, averaging 5.70 shots on goal per game.
|BIRTHYEAR||1991-10-22||BIRTHPLACE||Anchorage, AK, USA|
|HEIGHT||191 cm / 6’3″||WEIGHT||88 kg / 194 lbs|
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2013-14
Appeared in 32 games and ranked sixth on the team with 13 points (9g, 4a) … Led team with 130 shots and tied for the team lead with four power-play goals … Ranked second on the squad with nine markers … Secured a season-high four-game point-scoring streak (3g, 1a) Feb. 1-14 … Assisted on the game-winning goal against Sacred Heart Nov. 8 … Fired a career-high 11 shots on goal against Michigan March 20 … Attended the Boston Bruins Development Camp prior to the season.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012-13
One of four Nittany Lions to appear in all 27 games … Led the team in points (27) and power-play goals (4) and finished second in goals (14), assists (13) and shots (113) … Notched one four-point game, two three-point games and four two-point games … Recorded at least one point in 16 games … Team held a 10-6-0 record when recording a point … Assisted on four game-winning goals … Scored the program’s first goal at the NCAA level against American International Oct. 12 … Recorded a three-game point-scoring streak Oct. 20-Oct. 27 (2g, 3a) … Notched a goal and an assist against both Air Force (Nov. 10) and Holy Cross (Dec. 7) … Collected a season-high seven-game point-scoring streak Oct. 29-Jan. 6 (6g, 6a) … Opened streak with career-highs in goals (2) and points (4) in a 5-4 victory against Ohio State Dec. 29 … Ended streak with a goal and two assists in a 3-2 victory against Michigan State Jan. 26 … Notched a two-point game (1g, 1a) in a 4-3 victory against Alabama Huntsville Feb. 9 … Scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 victory against No. 16 Wisconsin Feb. 25.
BEFORE PENN STATE
Skated in 60 regular-season games with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League in 2011-12 … Ranked ninth in the league in points (60) and tied for 10th in goals (27) … Named the CCM USHL Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 15 after recording six goals and an assist in three games … Collected four points (2g, 2a) in four playoff games … Played two seasons (2009-11) with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League and collected 82 points (41g, 41a) in 111 regular-season games … In 2010-11, recorded 58 points (28g, 30a) in 60 regular-season games … Added seven points (4g, 3a) in four playoff games … Collected 13 goals and 11 assists in 51 regular-season games in 2009-10 … Notched two assists in 13 playoff games … Was teammates with Connor Varley during the 2010-11 season.
Son of Glen and Dawn Bailey … Has one brother, Kyle, and a sister, Jessica … Brother, Kyle, played for the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers and Lindenwood’s club team … Born Oct. 27, 1991.
Improved ‘off-ice’ habits paying off for Penn State forward Casey Bailey
His teammates think it. His coach thinks it. He thinks it.
Right now, Casey Bailey is playing some of his best hockey, not just in blue and white, but in his career. And despite winning only one game this weekend, his performance showed it and there are several contributing factors to his success in 2014-15.
His coach said it’s what Bailey, who has posted 22 points — 14 of them goals — is doing when he doesn’t have the puck on his stick.
“He’s always been a guy that we’ve felt the better hockey he plays, meaning what he does away from the puck. When he’s doing that, it usually means he’s scoring goals,” Guy Gadowsky said. “The better hockey he plays, especially away from the puck, it seems he scores more goals.”
For Bailey, it’s the work he’s putting in off the ice. Bailey and Gadowsky said Bailey has watched his eating habits, becoming healthier. He also has been in the best condition he’s ever been in, Gadowsky said.
“The more I focus on the off-ice eating and the way I live off the ice away from the rink is definitely helping out,” Bailey said.
One of the reasons for the switch and improvement in focus is his future. Bailey, who posted a hat trick on Friday, is undrafted by an NHL team. It’s unlikely he will be drafted in the coming years, but it is likely he could sign out of college with an NHL club, one of the ultimatel goals for hockey players.
“I’m getting older now,” Bailey, a junior, said, “and I’m seeing there is a future in this for me.”
His performance is getting attention by more than just every member of the Penn State squad as he and Taylor Holstrom were nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, the college hockey equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
“One-hundred percent,” Gadowsky said when asked if it’s the best hockey he’s seen Bailey play.
“Yeah I think so,” linemate David Goodwin said. “I think if we would vote on MVP, there’s no doubt he would be it. We look to him for scoring, but he kills penalties, he makes plays. He’s very, very valuable for our team.”
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