2004-05: Fayne played high school hockey for Noble and Greenough during the 2004-05 season. He also showed his athletic ability by playing football as well as hockey. He caught the eye of the New Jersey Devils who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
2005-06: Fayne served as team captain for Noble and Greenough and had a great 2005-06 season. In 31 contests, Fayne racked up nine goals and 23 assists for 32 points. In recognition of his season, Fayne was named to the Division 1 East All-New England Team and also was named Independent School League Most Valuable Player.
2006-07: Fayne enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign that saw him playing in all 36 games for the Friars this season. The Sagamore Beach, MA native was second on the Providence roster in rookie scoring with 12 points (five goals, seven assists). He also ranked second on the team with 43 penalty minutes. Fayne’s 12 points led Hockey East in rookie scoring among defensemen. He capped his freshman year with a selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Fayne was also named the recipient of the team’s Rev. Herman Schneider Award as the Most Valuable Freshman as well as the Ron Wilson Best Defensive Player Award.
2007-08: Fayne was one of the keys to Providence College’s successful 2007-08 season. What Fayne lacked in offensive production this season (two goals, four assists in 36 games), he made up for in his vastly improved defensive zone coverage and transition game. Nowhere was that more evident than in his reads and reaction to developing plays. He also utilized his size, strength and toughness more advantageously. His noticeably stronger frame allowed him to contain opposing players more effectively and he added power to his strides without slowing him down.
2008-09: Another year, another what you see is what you get season from Fayne at Providence College. In 33 games in his junior season, he recorded four goals and five assists, to go along with 30 PIM’s. His -12 rating is more of a reflection of the team he played on than his overall play.
2009-10: Fayne’s final season with Providence showed strides in his offensive game. His skating improved as the year progressed, and would play a larger role in the offensive side of the game, tallying 22 points in 34 games.
2010-11: Fayne had arguably the best season of the four rookie defensemen who saw significant action with the Devils due to injuries to several New Jersey veterans. Fayne opened his first pro season with the Devils’ AHL affiliate Albany but after being re-called in November played consistently enough to remain in New Jersey. Fayne played 57 games for the Devils and scored 4 goals with 10 assists. His +10 plus/minus was the team’s best. In 19 games for Albany he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +4 with 6 PMs. Fayne also appeared in four games for Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Championship and was -1 with 1 assist.
Fayne is very mobile for a man of his stature, as he moves quite effortlessly in all directions. He uses his large frame and reach to his advantage when defending, especially off the rush. While there is the odd time he gets caught out of position defending, Fayne was learning on the fly as a pro in the NHL and should get better in that regard as he gains more experience. That all being said, he plays a safe, relatively mistake free game in his own end and will learn to take the body with more regularity as he gains experience. Fayne won’t ever be known as an offensive defenseman, but he is a good passer with a heavy and accurate shot that he seems to almost always hit the net with.
Fayne surprised many by spending the majority of his first pro season in the NHL. Part of that was due to injury, but credit also has to go to him for earning a job and running with it. That being said, Fayne’s full-time NHL future likely lies as a bottom-pairing/depth defenseman rather than the top-four role he played most of last season.