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-4 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.
2012-13: Faust skated in 42 games for Wisconsin in his junior season. Frequently paired with sophomore Eddie Wittchow (FLA) or Chase Drake on the third pairing for the Badgers, he scored 1 goal and had an even plus/minus with 14 penalty minutes. Wisconsin finished fifth in the WCHA in the regular season but earned an NCAA tournament berth after winning the Broadmoor Trophy in the conference tournament in their final season in the league. The Badgers fell to Massachusetts-Lowell, 6-1, in the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals.
2013-14: Faust moved into a top pairing role for Wisconsin in his senior season along with Buffalo Sabres’ prospect Jake McCabe. In 37 games he scored 2 goals with a career-high 12 assists and was plus-9 with 8 penalty minutes. The Badgers earned an NCAA Tournament berth, defeating Ohio State, 5-4 in overtime, in the championship game of the inaugural Big Ten tournament after finishing second in the regular season. Wisconsin lost 5-2 to North Dakota in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals. Faust was invited to New Jersey’s training camp but was released and signed an AHL contract with Devils affiliate Albany in September 2014.
Faust is a bit shorter than the prototypical NHL defensemen with a thick frame. He 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. His defense in his own end is sometimes an issue. Faust showed some steady improvement during his college career and will need to continue developing to have a shot at one day playing in the NHL.
Faust was invited to New Jersey's training camp as an unrestricted free agent but was released; subsequently signing an AHL deal with Devils affiliate Albany for the 2014-15 season. With several veterans in the lineup Faust saw limited ice time at the start of the year and was a healthy scratch at times. He has played more with several players called up and is still adjusting to the pro game. With several players under contract ahead of him in the Devils' system Faust faces long odds in eventually making it to New Jersey. More should be known about his long-term potential as the 2014-15 season unfolds.