Amid rumors that they may be talking to the Vancouver Canucks about Evander Kane, the Buffalo Sabres have made another, less impactful roster move. The team has sent Nick Baptiste and Evan Rodrigues down to the AHL today. The team will likely need to make two corresponding moves to fill out their roster, as their injured forwards are not expected to make a return this weekend.
Baptiste, the younger of the two, has played in twelve games with the Sabres this season, and has two goals despite playing under 10 minutes each night. The 21-year old has scored seven points in the six games he’s spent down in the AHL this season between call-ups, continuing on his strong rookie campaign last year. In 2013-14, Baptiste showed off his scoring ability in junior, potting 45 goals in 65 games. He hasn’t been able to replicate it since, though is still expected to be a part of the Sabres future.
An undrafted rookie, Rodrigues made his NHL debut last season with the Sabres and got into just two games this year before being sent back down. A standout at Boston University, the 23-year old is also off to a strong start with Rochester, scoring eight points in 13 games. An undersized winger, Rodrigues scored 61 points in his final season at BU (41 games) before bing signed to a two-year, entry-level deal in 2015.