The Buffalo Sabres confirmed on Sunday morning that forward Nicholas Baptiste has been recalled from the team’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, ahead of their upcoming game against the Central Division’s Winnipeg Jets.
Drafted with the 69th overall pick by the Sabres in 2013, Baptiste – a native of Ottawa, Ontario – has skated with the team’s AHL affiliate since last season.
This year, though, he’s been splitting his time between the NHL and the AHL. He boasts a goal (his first career NHL point) in two games for Buffalo to kick off the 2016-17 campaign, while he’s gone a point-per-game through five contests with Rochester during his stints there.
Now, he’ll return to the big club.
For Buffalo, a strong rookie campaign for Baptiste – should he get more than a brief showing with the Atlantic Division club – would be the team’s best-case scenario to start out the year. Forwards Jack Eichel and Evander Kane were both injured to kick off the season, leaving the club without two of their best offensive talents heading into a year in which they had hoped to improve considerably. As a result, they’ll be looking for younger, newer faces to step up – and Baptiste could be one of those.
The Sabres will face off against the Winnipeg Jets in just a few hours, with the puck dropping for the two clubs at 2:00 PM CST in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Sabres will be looking to carry over their success from their last game, a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers.