by Amy Moritz
It was an impressive freshman campaign for Hudson Fasching, which is good news for Buffalo Sabres fans.
The 6-2, 207 pound forward was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. He played in 40 games for the Golden Gophers this season with 14 goals and 16 assists. He scored six power play goals and was a plus-17.
He scored in the NCAA championship game, a late tally for Minnesota which fell to Union, 7-4, in the on Saturday.
Fasching was aquired by the Sabres on trade deadline day as part of a deal with the Los Angeles Kings which also sent Nick Deslauries to Buffalo in exchange for Brayden McNabb, Jonathon Parker and two second-round draft picks.
At Minnesota, he was part of a high-scoring freshman class which scored 40 percent of the team's goals. The freshmen averaged 1.42 goals per game before the Frozen Four -- the highest ratio of any rookie class in the country this season.
Fasching was a big presence in front of the net (hey, that's something the Sabres could use more of) and over the course of the season learned how to use his size and physical game to his advantage. He scored the fourth goal for the Gophers in the title game -- a power play goal at 16:20 of the third. Check it out from the Minnesota highlight package: