No production, no chance of cracking the lineup. That's pretty much the scenario for Nick Baptiste, who didn't do much of anything to make a dent in the Sabres' right wing derby and was sent to Rochester Thursday morning.
Baptiste only played in two of the team's five exhibition games and had just one shot on goal. Free agent signee Seth Griffith and returnee Justin Bailey seem to be ahead of Baptiste on the depth chart, and the team's forward ranks got even more crowded with the waiver acquisition of Jordan Nolan on Wednesday.
The Sabres' roster is now down to 32 players (18 forwards, 11 defensemen and three goaltenders). They have to get down to 23 before the season opener next Thursday against Montreal.
Baptiste, 22, had three goals and an assist in 14 games for the Sabres last year while making his NHL debut but figures to be a key goal scorer for the Amerks. He had 25 goals and 16 assists for Rochester last year.