Alaska-Anchorage senior forward Matt Bailey, an undrafted free agent, has signed a contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
Bailey was a talented, but often under-appreciated player in his four years at Alaska-Anchorage. Bailey was consistently among Alaska-Anchorage's leading scorers through his first three seasons, but on an offensively-challenged team with a poor record, he rarely garnered much attention(His sophomore season, Bailey led the Seawolves in scoring, with 17 points in 34 games). Things changed a bit this past season with new head coach Matt Thomas at the helm, and the Seawolves in a restructured WCHA league. Alaska-Anchorage put together their first winning season in 20 years, and Bailey finished fifth in league scoring with 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points. His efforts earned him first team All-WCHA honors from the league.
Bailey is a 6-1 196 lbs. forward that played center for the Seawolves. Bailey's skating is by far his best asset. He's got pro-level speed, combined with the size and strength to make himself an effective two-way player at the pro level.
Bailey will finish the season with the Ducks' AHL affiliate in Norfolk.