Former Wild star Marian Gaborik and Golden Gophers hockey standout Hudson Fasching were both involved in trades before the NHL's trade deadline today.
Fasching, whose 27 points ranks third on the top-ranked Gophers, was involved in a trade that sends his rights from the Los Angeles Kings to the Buffalo Sabres. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound freshman was drafted in the fourth round by the Kings last year.
The Hockey News thinks Fasching could be a big part of Buffalo's future.
Fasching was a beast for Team USA at the world juniors this season and will likely be one of their best players again next season if he stays at the University of Minnesota for his sophomore campaign. The right winger is incredibly sturdy and physical, with some nice scoring upside. He has already learned to be a grinding force (as opposed to the scorer he was in high school), so it’s kinda fun to think of him pairing up with center Zemgus Girgensons on a nasty future line in Buffalo.
The Kings also traded winger Matt Frattin and a conditional second-round draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Gaborik, according to ESPN. The former Wild right wing has been limited to 22 games this season because of a collarbone injury. In 13 NHL seasons he has 688 career points.