Casey Bailey Cut From NHL Camp, Will Start Season With Toronto Marlies
The best player in Penn State hockey’s Division I history was cut from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ professional preseason camp, the team announced last week. Bailey made it past the team’s first round of cuts, where the camp’s 69 players were cut down to 53. The decision of his cut doesn’t come as the biggest surprise however, as his skating was evidently slower than his NHL peers when he took the next step last season.
Bailey’s dominant last season in Hockey Valley saw him set program records for career points (80), career goals (45), powerplay goals (13), shots (454), and multiple single-game records. After the 2014-15 season, his junior year, he left for the NHL, taking advantage of the career opportunity that was given to him and raising Penn State hockey’s credibility. His first few games in Toronto didn’t go as planned, though. After starting his career as a healthy scratch, he struggled when he was given opportunities on the ice, as his skating got him by in college but wasn’t enough to keep up with the pros. In the Leafs’ last game of the year, he finally showed up on the score sheet as he deflected the puck past the league’s Hart and Vezina (MVP and top goalie) award winner, Carey Price. For his efforts, Casey Bailey was named the Leafs’ First Star of the Game in the last opportunity of the year.
46 players are still with the Leafs, so the AHL-affiliate Marlies’ roster will get crowded as the season draws closer. Stay tuned for updates on Casey Bailey’s first full professional season, whether that’s on his designated assignment with the Marlies or if he’s called up to the Maple Leafs.