Sabres trade Baptiste to the Predators

October 1, 2018

As the Buffalo Sabres continue to mold their roster for the 2018-19 regular season opener on Thursday, the team has traded away one of their longtime prospects.

The Sabres announced on Monday that they have traded forward Nick Baptiste to the Nashville Predators in exchange for tight-handed defenseman Jack Dougherty.

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired defenseman Jack Dougherty from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Nicholas Baptiste.

— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) October 1, 2018

Baptiste, 23, appeared in 47 games in parts of two seasons spent with the Sabres, scoring seven goals and three assists in those games. Last season, Baptiste scored four goals and picked up six points in 33 games played.

The former third round pick (69th overall) of the Sabres back in the 2013 NHL Draft also managed to score 45 goals and 87 points in 154 games played with the Rochester Americans over the course of three seasons.

Dougherty, 22, was a second-round draft pick (51st overall) of the Predators in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has spent two-and-a-half seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League, compiling 26 points in 141 games on the blue line. Dougherty is currently under contract through the 2018-19 season and will be a restricted free agent next summer.