I agree with your assessment of Carrier. I actually think he plays Foligno's role much more effectively. I don't agree on Baptiste though. He seemed weak to me last year. I seem to remember him being a healthy scratch quite a few times. Carriers +14 vs Baptiste's -3 seems in line with how they looked to me on ice. I'll be interested to see how he does in the A this year. We both agree that Fasching and Bailey have the better shot. I've been getting all giddy thinking about all that live hockey. Are you close enough for Amerks hockey?
I live in the Atlanta. I follow the Amerks through video and the occasional live broadcast on the NHL Network. I also have the Center Ice to watch my beloved Sabres. One of the nice thing about my cable package is that I get a ton of college hockey through various fox affiliates and the bigten network. I try to record as many of the prospect college games as possible.
Also before you judge Baptiste to harshly remember he is a year behind Carrier on the development curve. Carrier made huge strides in scoring and 2 way play last year. I suspect Baptiste will make much the same jump, especially if Bailey makes the Sabres (which I think he will).
One other note. The Amerks are over flowing with forwards for this coming season. Sabres prospects Nylander, Carrier, Fasching, Bapiste, Cornel, Karabacek, Dupuy, Rodrigues, Catenacci, Kea and maybe Bailey, will be vying for time with vets COR, Grant, Schneider and AHL signees Lane and Muzito. That's 16 guys right now, with 8 of the 16 with at least some NHL experience. Should make for a very interesting year down on the farm.
Edited by yse325, 11 September 2016 - 10:36 PM.