While Tim Murray hasn’t been able to strike a deal for any of the upcoming free agents currently wearing blue and gold, he has cleared up a little space on the Buffalo Sabres blue line by dealing defenceman Brayden McNabb to the Los Angeles Kings.
Pending trade call, sounds like BUF sends Brayden McNabb and two 2nd round picks to LA for two prospects – one of them Hudson Fasching.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 5, 2014
McNabb has had trouble cracking the Buffalo Sabres blue line this season and has seen just 12 games in the NHL this
season. However, he has had success on the Rochester Americans blue line this season, recently being named an all-star. McNabb has 29 points in 38 games with the Amerks this season.
In return the Buffalo Sabres will acquire two young prospects including power forward Hudson Fasching who is currently playing at the University of Minnesota. Fasching was a member of team USA at the past World Junior Championships. The other prospect is reported to be Nicolas Deslauriers who can play both defence and left wing and is thought to be one of the Kings most promising prospects. Deslauriers is an amazing skater much like a Jake Gardiner.
Nick Deslauriers is the other prospect headed to the Sabres in the McNabb deal. My safe-for-work description of him is “Beefy.”
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) March 5, 2014
The Kings were in need of support on their blue line and the Sabres have a plethora of defenceman to part ways with going forward. Both Fasching and Deslauriers have solid potential and boast of a bright future. McNabb likely wasn’t going anywhere with the Sabres logjam of defenceman so flipping him for two prospects was a nice move by Murray.