NEWARK, N.J.-Williamsville native Justin Bailey had his dream come true today at the NHL Entry draft in New Jersey.
Not only was he drafted but he was drafted by his hometown team, the Buffalo Sabres. Bailey said "I couldn't have picked a better team to have me and I honestly couldn't be happier right now. I'm kind of at a loss for words. It was amazing for my family and for myself. You grow up and your playing hockey and especially for me loving the Sabres and quoting Rick Jeanneret when I was younger and knowing every guy on the team and growing up with them as well I mean its just absolutely amazing."
Bailey played for the Kitchener Rangers this past season and expects to return to the Rangers this year.
In 57 games Bailey scored 17 goals and added 19 assists for 36 points. Bailey had 34 penalty minutes and was a plus 22 for Kitchener. He added one goal and two assists in ten playoff games.
Bailey turns 18 Monday July 1st.
In the sixth round the Sabres selected Sean Malone a 5'11" 183 lbs center from West Seneca. Malone is scheduled to play for Harvard this comingn season. Malone is a member of the US National Under 18 team.