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Buffalo's Bailey will miss USA Hockey prospects game with injury after huge hit

Justin Bailey took a big hit Thursday night. By extension, so has USA Hockey's All-American Prospects Game.

Bailey, a Williamsville native who is one of the top U.S. players eligible for next year's NHL draft, will miss Saturday's inaugural prospects game in First Niagara Center with an injury. The Kitchener Rangers forward was blindsided by Windsor's Patrick Sieloff during their Ontario Hockey League contest, and the open-ice blast has ruined Bailey's chance to perform in his hometown.

Bailey, who is 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, has been graded as an "A-list" skater by NHL Central Scouting.

U.S. prospect Dawson Cook will also miss the game with injury, leaving the USA Hockey event with 38 players. The game is set for a 7 p.m. faceoff Saturday.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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