Dan Bylsma said earlier today a callup from Rochester might be in the offing for this weekend and the Sabres made it official Wednesday afternoon by recalling winger Justin Bailey from Rochester.
Bailey, the Williamsville native who is the son of former Bills linebacker Carlton Bailey, will be making his NHL debut Thursday in Philadelphia. The 20-year-old was a second-round pick for the Sabres in 2013 and made his professional debut this year with the Amerks.
In 47 games, Bailey ranks second among Rochester skaters in goals (10) and fourth in points (23). He is the team leader in shots on goal with 104.
Bailey scored 34 goals last year between Kitchener and Sault St. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League
Bailey is coming off a huge weekend for the Amerks, with back-to-back multi-point games topped by a three-point outburst in Saturday's 4-0 win at Binghamton.
Zemgus Girgensons was placed on injured reserve to make room for Bailey.