Sabres General Manager Tim Murray is in the business of bringing in top young talent these days and while the focus at the NHL trade deadline was on big name players leaving Buffalo, Murray's deals were bringing in pieces he hopes will be a big part of future success.
One of those prospects is Hudson Fasching who was acquired from Los Angeles in the Braydon McNabb deal. Fasching, who was selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, is having a strong freshman season at the University of Minnesota.
The 6-2, 207 pound forward is tied for second on the team with 12 goals and fourth in scoring with 27 points in 33 games played for the Golden Gophers. Fasching leads all Big Ten rookies in goals and is second in points.
Fasching, who spent the last two years in the U.S National Team Development Program, is developing a reputation for his hockey smarts and aggressive style of play.
The Minnesota native is said to have made major strides in his game during that two year stint with the USNTDP. He also added some international experience to his hockey resume.
At the 2012 World Under 17 Challenge, Fasching had four goals and two assists in six games on a U.S team that won the silver medal.
At the 2013 World Under 18 Championships, Fasching recorded six assists in seven games and was again part of a silver medal winning squad.
He also represented our country at the last World Junior Championships where he had two goals and two assists in five games while playing on the team's "grind line".
Corey Pronman of Hockeyprospectus.com ranks Fasching as one of the top five prospects in the Sabres organization and said Fasching's ability to play at a high level as an underage forward in the World Juniors is not a common occurrence. Pronman notes there were some questions about Fasching's consistency but those a thing of the past.