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Baptiste, Carrier & Nylander shine during scrimmage

Blue defeates Gold 5-3
Posted at 6:10 PM, Jul 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-09 19:29:33-04

Nick Baptiste opened the scoring, William Carrier provided the muscle and Alex Nylander the fireworks during the Blue and Gold Scrimmage at HarborCenter on Saturday.

Baptiste finished with two points in the Blue team's 5-3 win over Gold. Carrier had a shot on goal, but was physical and looked like on of the best players on the ice during the scrimmage.

"Anytime you get a chance to prove yourself in front of Tim Murray and the coaching staff, you have to take that chance and run with it," Carrier said. "That's what I did today."

"I know that it's my time to make a statement for Buffalo is now," Baptiste added.  "I thought that I did a pretty good job of that tonight, and I've got to continue doing that the rest of this camp and into main camp."

Carrier scored 13 goals and totaled 30 points in just 56 games a year ago with the Amerks. He missed the final month of the season after breaking his hand.

Baptiste tallied 13 goals and added 15 assists in his first full season with the club.

Carrier also leveled the Sabres 33rd overall pick, Rasmus Asplund, sending him flying into the post early in the second period.

After dazzling with his skills during the first three days of camp, the 8th overall pick in June's draft continued to "wow" fans and the staff with two shootout goals.

Nylander went 2-for-2 on penalty shots, his only two goals, speeding down the ice and beating Antoine Samuel with backhand shots.

"I think I played pretty good," Nylander said.  "It was high tempo. I haven't played a game in two months so it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it a lot."

After the game went final, Nylander added one more shootout goal to his tally, this time beating Samuel with a forehand, tucking it just past his outstretched leg.

Sabres development camp continues on Sunday at HarborCenter and wraps up on Tuesday, July 12, with the French Connection 3-on-3 Tournament.