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Sabres' Fasching turning up the offense with University of Minnesota

By John Vogl

It hasn't taken Hudson Fasching long to make an impact at the University of Minnesota.

The freshman right winger, who was acquired by the Sabres in a trade with Los Angeles this afternoon, is the third-leading scorer for the Gophers with 27 points in 31 games. Playing on the first line for the top-ranked team in the NCAA, Fasching has six goals in the last 10 games to up his season total to 12.

Fasching, 18, is a big forward at 6-foot-2, 207 pounds. The Minnesota native played well for the United States at the world juniors, scoring twice and adding two assists in five games.

Fasching has a touching family story, which was chronicled three years ago by ESPN.

"Excited to officially be a part of the Buffalo Sabres organization!" Fasching wrote on his Twitter account.

Sabres acquire Fasching, Deslauriers from Kings for McNabb, Parker, two second-round picks

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.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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