The earliest trade made on deadline day by Tim Murray saw Brayden McNabb and a pair of second round picks go west in exchange for Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers. It was a trade that had some Sabres fans scratching their heads based on the total package, but we reached out to our good friend The Royal Half to learn a little more about the two players the Sabres just acquired.
CO: You’ve managed to have some fun at the expense of Sabres fans the past month or so after all the Miller vs. Quick Tweets and now with so many pining for Tyler Toffoli in return for the riches the Sabres held at the deadline. The Kings held onto Toffoli and Linden Vey but what are your immediate thoughts on losing Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers?
TRH: As I struggle daily to watch the LA Kings score it’s a bit difficult to be happy about seeing some young offensive talent as Fasching and Deslauriers get traded away. (Even if it meant getting back the two 2nd Round picks the Kings gave up for Robyn Regehr.) But it seems like the LA Kings Top 6 is secure for the next few years, so there wasn’t much of a chance for Nic and Hudson to crack the lineup. We call that #LAKingsProblems
But seriously… doesn’t “Nic and Hudson” sound like a couple of male leads on an awful CW show?
CO: The Kings had some great names in the pipeline. Are you heartbroken to have lost Hudson?
TRH: We might have lost a Hudson, but we gained a Brayden. And “Brayden” is much higher on the Frat Boy Names Power Rankings.
CO: Fasching could probably have been considered a bit of a steal in the fourth round as he’s enjoyed a nice resurgence since his draft year. What would you say the hopes were for him in Kings Nation?
TRH: To be honest, I think most LA Kings fans were more excited by Hudson Fasching’s actual name at the 2013 NHL Draft more than any sort of talent he might have possessed. But after a strong start to his freshman season in Minnesota (FYI, he’s cooled off a little bit) and an impressive showing at the World Juniors, LA Kings fans had a new prospect fan favorite. I guess we now have to find out which team Tucker Poolman ended up on and obsess over him.
CO: With so many offensively gifted prospects in the LA pipeline where would you slot Fasching with the likes of Toffoli, Vey and others?
TRH: At the start of the season, our pals at Jewels from the Crown had Hudson Fasching at #22 for their 25 under 25 for prospects. I think he was pretty low on the totem pole in terms of prospects but a couple of highlight worthy goals at Minnesota definitely got him on the fans’ radar quickly.
CO: Nicolas Deslauriers is a little different prospect considering he just recently made the switch to wing from defense. What has been the general opinion on him in recent years?
TRH: It’s certainly a Brent Burns-type situation. In fact, when Kings management decided to make the switch to forward for Deslauriers, apparently the Head Coach at Manchester said “We can do that?!?” Because the Kings are so weak on the left side, I think there was a lot of hope for Deslauriers but he seems to be better suited for a bottom 6 role despite his goal scoring this season. And again, the LA Kings have plenty of bottom 6 LW’s, so it made him expendable in a trade for a player of McNabb’s caliber.
He’s totally a bit of a diamond in the rough. And if he develops in Buffalo to a Top 6 LW it will be really hard for Kings fans to deal with until McNabb is skating with Doughty as a regular pairing.
CO: What should Buffalo most look forward to with these two forwards?
TRH: Besides awesome names and frenchy-ness? Fasching is the one to keep your eye on. He’s got explosive speed and a working class vibe that would go over very well in a Buffalo in a few years.