Due to an unexpected breakout season, forward Hudson Fasching has set high expectations for this upcoming season. Before signing a one-year two-way contract with the NY Islanders in August, Fasching played for the Arizona Coyotes from 2020-2022 and the Buffalo Sabres from 2015-2018.
The 28-year-old has a less-than-stellar career before coming to the Island, having spent most of his career in the AHL. He played only 38 NHL games, garnering only one goal and two assists throughout his five-year career.
Fasching was brought to the Islanders as a veteran presence for the team's AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Islanders. However, after an injury to Cal Clutterbuck, Fasching was recalled on December 1st and remained on the NHL roster after impressing the coaching staff.
Fasching quickly turned things around after joining the NHL roster. Jumping onto an iconic fourth line alongside Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas couldn't have been easy, but Fasching took the opportunity and ran with it. He scored two goals and an assist in his first five games with the Islanders, as well as going +2 - the best stats of his career.
Finishing the season with 10 goals and 9 assists while going +10 in 49 games, Islanders fans and coaching staff were quite impressed by Fasching's breakout season - So much so that he inked an incredibly team-friendly two-year deal worth $1.5 million on May 1st, 2023.
With much to prove to himself, the fans, and his teammates, Fasching looks to continue his success in the 2023-24 season. Fasching has excellent skills that he must continue to develop to have continued success, but there are a few tweaks he could make to improve his game further.