Nicholas Baptiste - Photo Courtesy of ca.sports.yahoo.com

 

Nicholas Baptiste, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 201

Born: 1995-04-08

Hometown: Ottawa, ON, CANf

Drafted 2013 by Buffalo Sabres, 69th overall

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2014- Nicholas Baptiste and the Sudbury Wolves season came to an abrupt end after being ousted by the battle tested Barrie Colts in a first round matchup four games to one. The Wolves impressed this season finishing the season tied in points with Barrie at 77 but lost out on the home ice advantage due to having four less wins than the Colts. Baptiste was one player for the Wolves that it didn't matter what team they were playing he was always ready for anyone and a big improvement in his game this year saw him improve from a minus-1 player to a solid plus-20. Year after year he continues to impress and improve as he nearly doubled his previous high in both goals and assists this past season leading Sudbury in scoring and finishing as the 12th leading scorer in the entire OHL. He ended the playoffs like he did the regular season as the Wolves top scorer and was the only member of the team to finish as a plus player in their first round defeat to Barrie. Baptiste ends his year with a combined total of 46 goals, 49 assists through 70 games played between the regular season and playoffs. This is a player Buffalo fans should be excited about as he is a real workhorse and can play the bump and grind game while packing some offensive punch. Not likely to secure an everyday roster spot next season but with his work ethic and motivation it won't be long before you see him donning the blue and gold. Travis Watson

 

November 2013 – Nicholas Baptiste of the Sudbury Wolves was named to the OHL roster for the 2013 SUBWAY Super Series. Baptiste’s 12 goals and 22 points through 17 games places him third in Wolves team scoring. Brendan Ross


October 2013 – Improvement, that’s what you get with Nicholas Baptiste - improvement every year. Baptiste has already scored as many goals(eight) through six games this season  as he had in his first year in the OHL and is well on his way to surpassing his career high of 21 set just last season. He has been playing like a man amongst boys this season and helping Sudbury get off to a hot start so look for him to try and carry that pace throughout the season to prove he is one of the most complete power forwards in the OHL game today. I feel as though Buffalo has got a steal in Baptiste when they scooped him up in the third round of this past years entry draft and look forward to seeing the new level he carries his game to this season. Travis Watson

 



Fantasy Outlook: C+

Possesses all of the intangibles you would want in a hockey player and should carve out into a solid checking line winger with offensive upside.

 

Footage:

Here’s a look at Baptiste and some of those intangibles like puck possession, relentless pursuit and offensive ability put to work while helping Team Canada U18 on route to Gold at the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship:

 

 

 

 

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