The Buffalo Sabres have come to terms with another prospect, this time from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The team announced today that it has come to terms on an entry level contract with third round draft pick and right winger Nicholas Baptiste.
Nicholas Baptiste was taken sixty-ninth overall in the 2013 NHL entry draft. Baptiste has been playing for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League; a team he has played with since 2011. Baptiste was drafted in 2011 by the Sudbury Wolves in the first round of the OHL Entry draft with the sixth overall draft pick.
This past season Nicholas Baptiste registered career highs in goals, assists, and total points; scoring 89 total points with 45 goals and 44 assists. He led the Wolves in goals and points this past season, and his goals were good enough for fourth among all Ontario Hockey League skaters.
Success has followed him on international ice as well, as he is a gold medal recipient as a member of the 2013 Canadian team that claimed gold at the U18 World Junior Championship in Sochi, Russia.
The Buffalo Sabres continue to sign draft selections from the 2012 and 2013 drafts. With no contract in place, it appears the Buffalo Sabres are waiving their rights to 2012 fifth round draft selection Logan Nelson. The Buffalo Sabres have until tomorrow to tender him to an entry level deal before losing his rights.
Nicholas Baptiste is the third draft choice from the 2013 draft to sign a contract, with Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadarov already in the system. This is the same draft class that also brought the Buffalo Sabres J.T. Compher and Justin Bailey.
Look for the Buffalo Sabres to continue to sign prospects and draft picks up until the draft, where any of these players might not be on the team come training camp, if General Manager Tim Murray can leverage them into players or future considerations to help make this team stronger.