— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 25, 2019
The 23-year-old Baptiste has suited up for 54 games for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals this season, posting 10 goals and 20 points over that span. He has yet to appear in an NHL game in 2018-19, though the Ottawa, Ont., native has 47 games in the big leagues on his resumé from his time with the Buffalo Sabres organization.
Baptiste, originally a third-round (69th overall) draft pick of the Sabres’ in 2013, will report to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
This is a move the Leafs made for the Marlies, not for any NHL help. After losing Carl Grundstrom in the trade that brought in Jake Muzzin, and then losing the likes of Sam Gagner (traded by Canucks to Oilers), Mason Marchment (collarbone injury), and Chris Mueller (hamstring injury) they needed the help.