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Buffalo Sabres: O'Regan, Baptiste sign one-year deals, team inks Bailey


Mon, Jul 16th 2018 01:40 pm
The Buffalo Sabres signed forwards Daniel O'Regan and Nicholas Baptiste to one-year, two-way contracts with average annual values of $874,125 and $787,500, respectively, at the NHL level.
Acquired by Buffalo in February, O'Regan (age 24, 5'10", 185 pounds) recorded four assists in a career-high 21 NHL games spent with the Sabres and San Jose Sharks in his second professional season in 2017-18. The Berlin, Germany, native made his professional debut in 2016-17, leading the San Jose Barracudas and all AHL rookies with 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) in 63 games to earn the Red Garrett Award as the AHL rookie of the year.
San Jose's fifth-round selection (138th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, O'Regan has totaled five points (1/4) in 24 NHL games and 98 points (36/62) in 112 career AHL games. Prior to beginning his professional career, O'Regan played four seasons at Boston University, totaling 154 points (66/88) in 154 games.
Baptiste (age 22, 6'1", 205 points) appeared in a career-high 33 NHL games with the Sabres during the 2017-18 season, posting six points (4/2) and 45 shots on goal. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Baptiste has recorded 10 points (7/3) in 47 career NHL games. He has added 87 points (45/42) in 159 games through three AHL seasons since being selected by the Sabres in the third round (69th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
The Buffalo Sabres also signed forward Justin Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $715,000.
Bailey (age 23, 6'4", 214 pounds) recorded a career-high three goals and added one assist in 12 NHL games during his third professional season in 2017-18. He also appeared in 37 AHL games for the Rochester Americans, where he finished with 15 points (10/5) and a plus-3 rating before adding two goals in three AHL playoff contests.
A native of Buffalo, Bailey was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (52nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. During his three-year professional career, Bailey has recorded eight points (5/3) in 52 NHL games and 96 points (53/43) in 159 AHL games.

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