The Buffalo Sabres have signed University of Minnesota forward Hudson Fasching to his entry-level contract, the team announced Monday evening. Fasching had one year of NCAA eligibility remaining, but will forgo that year to enter the pro ranks.
“Hudson showed us the kind of player he can be during his college career and we are pleased to sign him,” General Manager Tim Murray said via release. “We believe he has the potential to be an effective NHL player and wanted to bring him in as soon as possible.”
Fasching came into the Buffalo organization as a part of the first trade made by Murray when he took over. Murray acquired Fasching and Nicolas Deslaurier for Brayden McNabb, Jonathan Parker and two 2nd round draft picks from the Los Angeles Kings.
Fasching’s junior season came to an end over the weekend when the Gophers lost to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament Championship. Without winning that tournament, the Gophers could not clinch a berth into the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament.
Fasching completes his junior year with 20 goals and 38 points in 37 games. Overall, the 6-foot-2 winger put up 46 goals and 94 points in 115 games through his three-year career with the Gophers.
Fasching is expected to suit up for the Sabres this week, and him joining the team now will burn off the first year of his entry-level deal.
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