Former Penn State forward Casey Bailey made his NHL debut Thursday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.
Wearing jersey No. 37, Bailey played on the fourth line and picked up 11 minutes, 27 seconds of ice time at the Air Canada Centre. He didn’t record any goals, assists or points, but he did have a plus-1 plus-minus rating, on the ice for the Leafs’ lone goal by linemate Sam Carrick.
In a regular season completed last week, Bailey scored 22 goals and assisted on 18 more, becoming the first Nittany Lion with 20 goals and 40 points in a season. He helped the program to its first winning season at 18-15-4.
The first-team All-Big Ten junior signed an entry level two-year free agent contract Saturday, two days after the end of the Penn State season, choosing to forgo his final season of college eligibility.