In the 2022-23 NHL season, the NY Islanders had a lot of unlikely faces step up. Aside from the likes of Mat Barzal, and Ilya Sorokin leading the team, the Islanders saw a lot of solid production from the likes of Pierre Engvall, Zach Parise, and Hudson Fasching. Shortly after the season ended, the Islanders quickly extended Fasching, and for good reason, he had a fantastic year.
NY Islanders 2022-23 player report card: Hudson Fasching
Fasching has been playing in the NHL since 2015, but this was the first season he played a good amount of games. Last year, in 11 games played with the Arizona Coyotes, Fasching didn't pick up a single point. However, this year after signing with the Islanders through free agency in August of 2022, Fasching tallied 19 points off of 10 goals and nine assists in 49 games played.
Fasching also averaged approximately 12 minutes of ice time per game. However, the points tallied by a player are not always the most important part of the game, and that's seen with Fasching. The energy Fasching brings to the Islanders is unmatched. One of the best parts about watching Fasching play on the ice is he oozes confidence, and you can see that when he drives to the net.
Whether he skated alongside Casey Cizikas, JG Pageau, Zach Parise, or anyone else in the bottom six, Fasching showed why he is one of the more solid pieces on the Islanders. While skating alongside Cizikas, Fasching excelled a great deal. This is an important thing to note because, with Cal Clutterbuck on the way out, Fasching could easily replace him skating alongside Cizikas permanently beginning next season. While Fasching may not have had the best time in the playoffs, this is still no reason to give up on him.
The expectations Fasching had when he joined the Islanders were not much, and to be fair, fans didn't know what to expect from a guy who played less than 40 NHL games in total before joining the Islanders. To say he exceeded those expectations this season is an understatement. Fasching showed that the Islanders can count on him to provide productivity when on the ice, and for that, Fasching gets a B+ on the season.