22-Year-Old Right Wing – Buffalo Sabres
Nicholas Baptiste Contract Information:
The Sabres signed Baptiste to a three-year, entry-level contract in May of 2014.
Heading into the season on the final year of his entry-level contract, Baptiste is confident this is the year he'll crack the Sabres lineup, the Olean Times Herald reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Baptiste was one of the OHLís most improved players during the 2013-14 season, setting career highs in goals (45), assists (44), points (89), penalty minutes (59), and plus-minus (plus-20). Despite his success, Baptiste has yet to sign with the Sabres and may not do so until the conclusion of the 2014-15 season after another year with the Sudbury Wolves.
Baptiste, the Sabresí third-round pick in Juneís NHL Draft, impressed scouts with his two-way game and second half improvement. In order to become a prospect of interest, heíll have to improve on the 48 points in 66 games he posted for Sudbury of the OHL. Thereís certainly time to do that, as heís likely headed back to the OHL for two more seasons.