Sabres sign Baptiste to entry-level contractby jmaloni
Over the weekend, the Buffalo Sabres announced the team signed forward Nicholas Baptiste to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Baptiste (age 18, 6'1", 196 lbs.), the Sabres' third-round (69th overall) selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has been playing for the Sudbury Wolves in the Ontario Hockey League since 2011.
In 2013-14, Baptiste registered career highs in goals (45), points (89) and assists (44) in 65 games played. His goal and point totals led the Wolves, and his 45 goals tied him for fourth-best among all OHL skaters.
Through three seasons with the Wolves, Baptiste has played in 195 games and recorded 164 points (74 goals, 90 assists). The Ottawa native also earned a gold medal while playing with Team Canada at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship in Sochi, Russia.