Nick Baptiste
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Nick Baptiste

Hometown:

Ottawa Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-08-04

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (69th overall), 2013

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Nick Baptiste played in two games for the Tier 1 Cumberland Grads and was the third-leading scorer for the Ottawa Senators minor midget AAA team. He had 1 goal in his brief stint with the Grads. In 24 games for Ottawa he scored 22 goals with 33 assists and had 26 penalty minutes. Baptiste played in two games for Team Ontario at the 2011 Canada Winter Games – scoring 1 goal. He was the sixth player taken in the OHL Priority Draft – going to the Sudbury Wolves.

2011-12: Baptiste played in 68 games, including four playoff contests, in his first OHL season with Sudbury and skated for Canada Ontario in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 8 goals with 19 assists and was -7 with 42 penalty minutes during the regular season for the Wolves. Sudbury finished fourth in the Central Division. Baptiste was -3 with no points and 2 penalty minutes in the four-game playoff series with Brampton. He had 1 goal with 3 assists in six games for the bronze medal Canada Ontario squad.

2012-13: Baptiste was the third-leading scorer for Sudbury in his second season and won a gold medal skating for Canada at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 21 goals with 27 assists in 66 games for the Wolves and was -1 with 44 penalty minutes. Sudbury finished third in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Baptiste scored 3 goals with 1 assist and had 6 penally minutes in nine playoff games. Sudbury also represented Canada at the pre-season World Junior Club Cup – capturing the tournament championship – and in five games Baptiste scored 1 goal with 1 assist and 4 penalty minutes. He and Morgan Klimchuk were tied behind Connor McDavid for second in scoring for Canada at the 2013 U18 WJC, both scoring 3 goals with 5 assists. Rated 105th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings, Baptiste was ranked 61st in the final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Baptiste is a two-way winger who caught the eyes of scouts with his work ethic and attention to detail. He is an all-round player who is willing to do whatever coaches ask of him, be it scoring goals or being a physical force. Baptiste models his game after Wayne Simmonds and Ryan Kesler.

Future

Baptiste improved tremendously under Trent Cull in Sudbury and will return for at least another season. He is currently a long shot to make the Sabres and may need a few seasons in the AHL.

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