The Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate is continuing to beef up their roster, even in the dog days of the hockey offseason.
Early Thursday morning, the Toronto Marlies announced the signing of forward Nicholas Baptiste to a one-year AHL contract.
FWIW, #Marlies PR confirms that it’s a one-year (AHL) deal for Baptiste.
— Jacob Stoller (@JLStoller) August 15, 2019
When the Leafs acquired the 24-year-old from the Nashville Predators just before the 2019 trade deadline struck, there was some optimism that Baptiste could re-discover his scoring touch at the AHL level. The Ottawa native was just two years removed from a 2016-2017 campaign that saw him pot 25 goals with the Rochester Americans and suit up for 14 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres.
Upon joining the Marlies, Baptiste was given ample opportunity alongside key offensive contributors but his offensive game never really resurfaced. Baptiste would go on to record seven points (six of which were primary) in 18 regular season games which were right about par with his offensive output in Milwaukee that same year (22 points in 55 games).
While Baptiste’s name was not frequently found on the scoresheet, he was able to carve out a niche as a solid bottom-six forward. Baptiste is not the …
Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation