The Buffalo Sabres announced Friday that forwards Nick Baptiste and Evan Rodrigues have been assigned to the (AHL) Rochester Americans. Not surprising, when you consider that the Americans play at home Friday evening against the St. John's IceCaps.
Buffalo will likely call Baptsite, Rodrigues or both, back Saturday when the Sabres take on the Pittsburgh Penguins at home. Less than 80 miles separate the Sabres and their AHL affiliate, making constant roster moves like this all the more common.
Friday Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma was asked how the young players on his team were responding to the NHL game.
"Some are making the most of the opportunity and some are just dipping their foot in the water and seeing what it's like to play in the National Hockey League."
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) November 18, 2016
I don't think this move says much about either Baptiste or Rodrigues and their compete level -- but rather is an indication that the Amerks need players, too.
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