2009-10: Joe Faust was a senior captain for Bloomington (MN)-Jefferson High School and scored 13 goals with 27 assists and had 18 penalty minutes in 25 games. Faust played for Team Southeast in the pre-season Upper Midwest High School Elite League and scored 3 goals with 6 assists in 24 games. Faust was selected by New Jersey in the 4th round (114th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. Faust de-committed from playing college hockey at Princeton and will play for Wisconsin in 2010-11.
2010-11: Faust had a difficult time seizing a full-time role with Wisconsin as a freshman. With fellow freshman Frankie Simonelli seeing action in 39 games, Faust played just 20 of 41 games for the Badgers. In his limited time, Faust scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was plus-four with 8 penalty minutes. Wisconsin finished an uncharacteristic seventh in the 12-team WCHA and was defeated by Colorado College in the first round of the conference tournament.
2011-12: Faust moved into a full-time role in his sophomore season at Wisconsin – skating in all 37 games for the Badgers on the third defensive pairing. While his ice time was limited, he scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus with 16 penalty minutes. Wisconsin struggled to stay above .500 most of the season; finishing tenth in the WCHA and ending the season at 17-18-2 after losing to Denver in a three-game first-round playoff series.
The short and stocky Faust possesses good offensive skills from the blue line and sees the ice very well. He makes crisp passes and outlets and has a point shot that packs some punch. He is still learning how to defend properly in his own end, which is something that will come along as he matures and absorbs the coaching that he gets while in college.
With a handful of key departures along the Wisconsin blue-line, Faust stands to play a more significant role as a junior for the Badgers this fall after two relatively sheltered seasons. A breakthrough year could be on the horizon if he adjusts well to increased duties and responsibilities.