MAKING HIS CASE
Nicholas Baptiste had a strong game in OHL/Russia Super Series on Monday
Sudbury Wolves forward Nicholas Baptiste (2013, third round) gave Hockey Canada decision makers much to think about Monday, using his speed and energy to produce an assist and several other scoring chances as Team OHL dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to Team Russia at the Subway Super Series. The game was played in front of a standing-room only crowd at the Sudbury Arena where Baptiste’s Wolves play their home games.
VIDEO: WATCH EACH OF BAPTISTE'S 16 SHIFTS FROM MONDAY'S GAME
Baptiste had his powerful game on display throughout, starting with a steal and a shot on goal in the game’s fourth minute. He secured the helper on his first shift of the second period when he sped down the left side, made a move to his backhand, and slid a beautiful pass across the crease to Niagara IceDogs forward Carter Verhaeghe (TOR) to tie the game at 2-2.
The Subway Super Series is one of many evaluation vehicles used by Hockey Canada to formulate their roster for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Baptiste’s Monday effort, along with his 18 goals through the Wolves 25 games this season, should put him in the mix for a checking-line role when Canada announces their Selection Camp roster in early December. The Canadians open the tournament in Malmo, Sweden on Dec. 26 versus Germany.
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