By John Vogl
The Sabres' first deal of trade-deadline day involves a player who is not on their roster.
Rochester defenseman Brayden McNabb, who has played 37 games with Buffalo over the last three seasons, Jonathan Parker and two second-round picks have been sent to Los Angeles for prospects Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers. The picks originally belonged to L.A. and came to Buffalo in the Robyn Regehr trade.
The Sabres selected McNabb in the third round of the 2009 NHL draft, and the 6-foot-4, 207-pound defenseman has shown a physical presence in Buffalo and signs of offensive talent in Rochester. But the Sabres are stacked on defense with prospects Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe and Nikita Zadorov, and they need to balance that with offense.
The Kings selected Fasching in the fourth round in 2013. The right winger has 12 goals and 27 points in 31 games during his first season with the University of Minnesota. The 6-2, 207-pound Fasching has excelled in the U.S. National Team Development Program.
Deslauriers, selected in the third round in 2009, is in his third season with the Kings' minor-league team. The 6-foot, 230-pound used to be a defenseman but moved to forward and has 18 goals and 39 points in 60 games this season.