When Sabres Development Camp started a week ago, Williamsville native Justin Bailey was intent on showing Head Coach Dan Bylsma and GM Tim Murray something they've never seen from the winger.
"Having a pro season under my belt, they've seen what I can do at the pro level," he said last Wednesday. "Those nine games also gave them a chance to see what I can do at the NHL level."
Following his fourth camp and after his first full pro-season, he impressed his bosses.
"I think today Justin Bailey was a man," Murray told reporters after the 3-on-3 French Connection Tournament. "I think he showed that in the 3-on-3. His team didn't win, but you saw some strength stuff, some power moves to the net, hitting by guys that spent some time in the American league. (William) Carrier two years, (Nick) Baptiste and Bailey one year."
"They're attitude is they're a pro player, and have been a pro player and I'm going to make management and coaches take a long look at me at camp this year," he added.
"It's always great to hear words like that from the General Manager," Bailey said.