After being sent down just two days ago, the Buffalo Sabres have brought Hudson Fasching and Casey Nelson back to the NHL. Both players started the year with the club and seem destined to bounce back and forth this season.
Earlier this summer, we profiled Fasching as a possible impact rookie this season after a successful World Champioship stint with team USA. The 21-year old was a point-per-game player in his final season at the University of Minnesota, leading the team in goals with 20.
If Fasching could establish a spot in the top-six, he may be able to make an impact as quickly as this season. His size, strength and skill around the net may make him an effective NHL goal scorer when paired with some of Buffalo’s elite playmakers.
For Nelson, it’s a bit of a different story. An undrafted defenseman out of Minnesota State University, he’s already 24 and doesn’t come with quite the pedigree of Fasching. His performance however at every level has been excellent, including notching four assists in his seven game trial last season with the Sabres. As a right-handed shot, Nelson has some big names to try and leapfrog – the Sabres currently have Zach Bogosian, Cody Franson and Rasmus Ristolainen on the right side.