After burning through five picks in the first two rounds of the draft, the Buffalo Sabres only had one selection in the third round. With that selection the Buffalo Sabres stayed with the forwards, selecting Nicholas Baptiste from the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL.
Buffalo goes with Baptiste because he brings another style of player that has been largely missing from the Buffalo Sabres roster for several seasons, and that is the role of the power forward.
While last year the Buffalo Sabres used much of the draft to stock up on defensive players, and pivot men, the boys being selected this year have two way capabilities – and can play in all three zones of the rink.
After being selected 6th overall in the OHL draft in 2011 – it took the Sudbury Wolves player some time to develop into the type of player that they were hoping for. Don’t anticipate any results differing for the Buffalo Sabres. He will need time to adjust to the professional game.
Baptiste is one of those fringe players that teams draft that can be gems on their roster, but will most likely end up playing most of their entry level deal in the American Hockey League, and traverse the league from contract to contract.
The Buffalo Sabres did not have a selection in the fourth round and will select three times in the fifth round of the draft. Buffalo also does not have a seventh round draft pick.