The Sudbury Wolves will get their captain, Nick Baptiste, back Friday night when they take on the Peterborough Petes. Baptiste is coming off an upper-body injury he acquired during the preseason. The Wolves get the Ottawa native back when they need him the most, they have not won a game since opening night and sit a the bottom of the central division with a 1-10 record.
Baptisite will look to inject some offense into the slumping Sudbury team. The Wolves only have 19 goals for this season, which is worst in the OHL. Baptiste can also help out their powerplay which is a poor 6 for 44, 13.6%, which is third worst in the Ontario Hockey League.
Luckily for the Wolves, they take on a slumping Petes team as well. The Petes also sit a the bottom of their respective divison and are 1-8 in their last nine. Look for Baptiste to have a great regular season debut here. If in the powerplay, Nick Baptiste should rip the Petes league worst penalty kill to shreds.
Baptiste has a perfect opportunity here to come out on a high note and carry his team out of the basement with his performances. There is also the possibility that the Sudbury Wolves deal Baptiste to another team and go for the highest possible Priority Selection pick. If this happens, Baptiste will be playing his games as auditions.
Nick Baptiste had just recently been added to the OHL Super Series roster. This is his second time he has cracked the roster, the last time being last year when Sudbury hosted the tournament. He is expected to be a regular contributor in this year’s tournament.
Baptiste should finish this year’s season with around 85-95 points including at least 50 goals. Big things are expected of him now after the breakout season he had last year, which is usual after a 45 goal, 44 assist season.
Nick Baptiste and the Sudbury Wolves play the Peterborough Petes Friday night at 7:30 EST. Look for Baptiste to show up in a big way.