The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team signed forward Hudson Fasching to an entry-level contract.
Fasching (age 20, 6'2", 216 pounds) recently completed his junior season at the University of Minnesota (Big Ten), during which he served as alternate captain and was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team.
"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. "We believe he has the potential to be an effective NHL player and wanted to bring him in as soon as possible."
In 37 games during the 2015-16 season, Fasching registered career-high totals in goals (20), assists (18) and points (38). His 20 goals, including his team-high seven game-winners, tied to lead all Minnesota skaters while his 38 points ranked him second on the team.
Fasching totaled 64 points (32/32) and 40 penalty minutes in 75 games during three seasons with the Golden Gophers. He also represented the U.S. at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2014 and 2015, totaling seven points (3/4) in 10 tournament games.
The Sabres acquired Fasching from the Los Angeles Kings on March 5, 2014, in a trade that also included Nicolas Deslauriers. Originally drafted by Los Angeles in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Fasching spent two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team (USHL) prior to his collegiate career, recording 32 points (11/21) in 62 games.