Justin Bailey is back in Rochester after spending the first two weeks of 2017 up in Buffalo.
Bailey played in six games with the Sabres, including scoring his first NHL goal January 3rd against the Rangers.
He called his time in Buffalo, “awesome,” but it was eventually cut short due to the return of Tyler Ennis to the Sabres line up.
“Anytime you go up there you wanna do as much as you can to stay and I thought I definitely brought that, as much as I could. I think there a couple times were I probably should have scored or should have executed a little better but like I said I played with speed, I played my game and guys come back from injury and I think that’s just how it is,” Bailey said.
“I have earn my spot in September and prove myself that way.”
Amerks head coach Dan Lambert is happy to have Bailey back on his bench and says the 21 year old forward, like all young players, needs to work on consistency.
“The complaints about Justin isn’t the fact that he can’t skate, isn’t the fact he can’t shoot, isn’t the fact he’s not strong. I think it’s the little areas making sure he’s responsible defensively, making sure he’s strong on pucks… those are the things he needs to continuingly get better at,” said Rochester’s first year head coach.
“He needs to learn to use his size more effectively and once he gets those details down, I don’t think we’re going to see him that often in Rochester,” Lambert added.
In Bailey’s first game back with the Amerks last Saturday, he didn’t skip a beat, scoring a goal and an assist, extending his career high point streak to six games.
“The systems down here are almost identical to the ones up there so the transition going up there is the same as it is coming down, so just staying within the system and playing my game and I know who I have chemistry with here and just continue to help this team win.”