Minnesota loses top goal scorer Fasching one year early to NHL’s Sabres

Hudson Fasching posted 46 goals and 94 points in 115 career games with Minnesota (photo: Jim Rosvold).

The Buffalo Sabres announced Monday that the team has signed Minnesota junior forward Hudson Fasching to an entry-level contract.

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, led all Minnesota skaters along with Leon Bristedt, and his 38 points ranked him second on the team.

Fasching was an alternate captain and was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team with the Gophers this past season.

“Hudson showed us the kind of player he can be during his college career and we are pleased to sign him,” Buffalo GM Tim Murray said in a statement. “We believe he has the potential to be an effective NHL player and wanted to bring him in as soon as possible.”

Fasching totaled 94 points (46 goals, 48 assists) and 64 penalty minutes in 115 games during three seasons with the Gophers. He also represented the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2014 and 2015, totaling seven points in 10 tournament games.

The Sabres acquired Fasching’s rights from Los Angeles on March 5, 2014 after he was originally drafted by the Kings in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2013 NHL draft.