2009-10: Hudson Fasching was the leading scorer for Minnesota’s Apple Valley High School as a freshman. He scored 24 goals with 18 assists and was +18 with 12 penalty minutes. The Eagles captured the Section 3AA championship and finished fourth in the state – falling to Hill-Murray in the third-place game. Fasching was selected by Kelowna in the 8th round (163rd overall) of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft and taken by Chicago in the 20th round (289th overall) of the 2010 USHL Entry Draft.
2010-11: Fasching played in the Upper Midwest Elite League in the fall before returning to Apple Valley for his sophomore season. He was the second-leading scorer for the Eagles behind junior A.J. Michaelson, finishing with 18 goals and 32 assists and was +27 with 16 penalty minutes in 28 games. Apple Valley lost to Eagan, 1-0, in the Section 3AA Final. In 18 games with Team Southeast during the UMEHSL he scored 7 goals with 8 assists and had 12 penalty minutes.
2011-12: Fasching moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to skate for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s U17 squad. He scored 16 goals with 20 assists in 54 games and had 52 penalty minutes. He scored 3 goals in four games for the first-place USA squad at the Four Nations Tournament in Russia in the Fall. In five games at the 2012 U17 World Hockey challenge he scored 4 goals with 2 assists as the USA finished second. The USA U17 team capped the season winning the 2012 Vlad Dzurilla U18 tournament in Slovakia and Fasching scored 1 goal with 1 assist in three games. In December he committed to playing for the University of Minnesota in 2013-14.
2012-13: Fasching returned to Ann Arbor to skate for the USA NTDP’s U18 squad and was part of the silver medal-winning USA squad at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 11 goals with 25 assists and had 58 penalty minutes in 67 games for the NTDP U18 team. At the WJC tournament he had 6 assists and was +4 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games. The USA lost 3-2 to Canada in the gold medal game. Fasching was ranked 70th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft. Fasching was chosen in the fourth round, 118th overall, of the 2013 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.
Fasching is your prototypical big power forward. He has great hands for a player with his size and is a surprisingly good skater with a powerful stride. He works well in the corners and is not afraid to muck it up in the dirty areas of the ice and in front of the net. He was an all-situations player for the USNTDP and showed great promise as a skilled two-way player, penalty killer, and leader. Consistency has been an issue with Fasching, but if a team can get him dialed in and playing every shift and every game with the same intensity he has a lot of promise.
Fasching has committed to the University of Minnesota for the fall and will join a solid program in the NCAA. Fasching has a lot of skill to work with and the college route could help him find that consistency and every day approach to the game that has eluded him thus far. He will have three to four years to figure it out before going pro and the Kings have always seemed to have patience with college players.
Fasching was dealt by the Los Angeles Kings along with Nicolas Deslauriers to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Brayden McNabb and draft picks.