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Sabres leave for three-game West Coast swing

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Nicholas Baptiste
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The Buffalo Sabres have called up forward Nicholas Baptiste for their three-game road trip that begins tomorrow at the Edmonton Oilers.

Baptiste played last night in Rochester, scoring once and assisting on another as the Amerks got their home opener off to a winning start, beating the Hershey Bears 5-4. Cole Schneider scored twice and had two assists as well.

With Evander Kane facing a few weeks on the sidelines, it was expected that the Sabres would call up a forward from the AHL. Baptiste had a strong training camp and even had a legitimate shout for making the Sabres roster, but was beaten to it by Derek Grant and Hudson Fasching.

Justin Bailey will rightly feel aggrieved for being passed over after some encouraging performances at the senior club last season, but Baptiste has the hot hand right now and makes the most sense.

William Carrier and Dan Catenacci would also have been considered as the Sabres look to replace Kane’s physical presence during their road trip.

Baptiste is yet to play an NHL regular season game, and scored 13G, 15A in 62 games as an AHL rookie last season. Here’s what he had to say about the call up -

"I'm really excited.

"I'm not sure it's even sunk in."