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Justin Bailey has another shot at moving from the American Hockey League to the NHL.

The Bakersfield Condors (the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers) have signed Bailey to a one-year contract, the club announced Thursday. The 27-year-old striker will also be attend Oilers camp during a pro tryout.

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Commonly dubbed the fastest skater in the AHL, Bailey originally signed with the Canucks in 2019 after spending one season with the Philadelphia Flyers organization..

Bailey suffered numerous injuries during his tenure with the Canucks, and a COVID-related border fiasco led him to arrive at Canucks training camp in 2021 nearly a week late. The 6’4″ forward ultimately appeared in just 19 games for the Canucks over three seasons without scoring a single point.

At the AHL level, however, Bailey was a top player who showed a lot of promise when healthy. He scored 15 goals and 27 points in 30 games with the Abbotsford Canucks in 2021-22.

In the end, Bailey just never worked in the NHL the way the Canucks hoped. He will have another opportunity to prove himself in the Oilers organization in the future.

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The Oilers have also recently been linked to former Canucks forward Jake Virtanen, who spent six seasons in Vancouver before being bought out in 2021.

Virtanen’s tenure with the Canucks ended shortly after an unnamed woman accused him of sexual assault. The British Columbia Prosecution Service later charged Virtanen with one count of sexual assault; in July, a jury found Virtanen not guilty.

Note: If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or involved in a violent situation, please visit the Canadian Resource Center for Victims of Crime for help. He can also be reached toll free at 1-877-232-2610.

In 317 career regular season games with the Canucks, Virtanen has scored 55 goals and 100 points. In the 2020-21 season, his final year in Vancouver, Virtanen scored just five points (all goals) in 38 games.

Virtanen spent the 2021-22 season with Continental Hockey League club Spartak Moscow. He scored nine goals and 16 points in 36 games.

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