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Kings get d-man McNabb from Buffalo

Mar 5, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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Los Angeles and Buffalo have combined on a trade involving picks and prospects, with the Kings getting American League standout Brayden McNabb as part of the deal.

L.A. will receive McNabb and two second-round picks, while Buffalo will get prospects Hudson Fasching and Nicolas Deslauriers, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

McNabb, 23, was Buffalo’s third-round pick (66th overall0 at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has 37 games of NHL experience, including 12 this year, and is a big-bodied presence on the back end (6-foot-4, 210 pounds).

McNabb was also named to the ’14 AHL All-Star Game this year after starring for Buffalo’s affiliate in Rochester.

Fasching, 18, was L.A.’s fourth-round pick at the ’13 Entry Draft. He’s having a solid freshman campaign at the University of Minnesota, scoring 12 goals and 27 points in 31 games this year.

Deslauriers, 23, was a ’09 draftees as well and has spent the last three years in AHL Manchester.

  1. withseidelinn - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Buffalo just got fleeced.

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Wow as a fan of the gophers, Fasching is going to be quite good in the NHL.

  2. thomasvanek - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    What in the world are you thinking Tim Murray! This better be setting up something somehow or else this is a terrible trade for the sabres.

    • elemeno89 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Two higher end scoring prospects for a D man who would have a hard time with our future d line-up?

      Seems like a good thing to me. We have enough picks in the top two rounds, better to have established prospects than 2 unknowns…

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      You will not think that when you see Fasching in a few years

  3. bigolbig - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    A decent prospect and two 2nds for a pair of nobodies? Wow

    • elemeno89 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Just because you don’t recognize the name does not make them nobodies…

  4. uscthom78 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Don’t know much about McNabb. Can he quarterback the power play?

    • cantescapekarma - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      He’s got one of the hardest slap shots in the AHL. You will love his physical play – this guy can throw some bone crushing hits. He does play on the power play for Rochester of the AHL. Whether or not he can quarterback a power play at NHL level, well I guess time will tell… But he is a good, hard hitting defenseman with a great shot and some decent offensive ability. His possible upside always seemed pretty big to me.

      • uscthom78 - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        As long as his passes aren’t intercepted, I guess I am ok with this trade.

      • spacealbatross - Mar 5, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        He is not a good skater and that doesnt translate well in todays NHL. He is a hard hitter and has a good shot, but he couldnt crack the Buffalo lineup and they are horrible so thinbk about that.

  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    2 second picks from a team like Buffalo? The Kings made out on this deal. Buffalo continues it’s downward spiral.

  6. 19to77 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Wow, what on Earth does Tim Murray think he’s getting here? Two 2nd rounders should get you a high-level prospect or a serviceable NHLer. It seems like the closest thing to a seviceable NHLer in this deal is going to LA though.

  7. lilroot9 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    They did not say what 2nd rounders yet, cause Sabres have 5 in next two years.

  8. twinwildflyer - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Fasching is a big boy with skill. If he becomes the player they expect at the NHL level it will be a good trade for buffalo

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Yep almost like a more skilled Bjugstad

  9. rycoem - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Wow, everyone’s a better talent scout on this page than the professionals – lol! McNabb hasn’t been able to crack the lineup on a last-place club in three years. What do you think is going to change by waiting? Waiting for a core group to suddenly change and become great is what has held the Sabres back for years. This minor trade means nothing in itself – Murray needs to keep on blowin’ it up and I’ll withhold judgement until 2 years from now.

  10. kingsfan93 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Twinwildflyer- I was gonna mention the same thing about Flashing, but you beat me to it.

    I’m kinda mad about getting rid of Fasching, but Dean Lombardi knows what he is doing.

    Fasching too been having a great year.

    So Sabre fans be happy about this kid. Could be a great player down the line.

  11. cantescapekarma - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    On the surface I can see how it may look like Buffalo got taken (I thought so at first). But looking deeper, this Fasching could be a good skilled NHL forward in the future and Deslauriers seems like he’s an equal replacement for McNabb on the AHL Rochester Americans. Deslauriers has more goals and assists this year in the AHL. I just hope these guys are worth the 2 draft picks Murray included… I guess time will tell. I always liked McNabb but through 3 different NHL coaches, he just seemed like he could never take that next step to earn that NHL roster spot. I thought next season would be his year. But Buffalo does seem to be loaded with D prospects.
    Does anyone have any more information on the 2 players Buffalo got in this deal? Trying hard to keep the faith here in Buffalo!

  12. 11stanleycups - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    The Kings more than made up for the Gaborek trade. Not sure what the Sabres are thinking.

  13. rabidbillsfan - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Alright everybody, step away from the computer monitors. The Picks in this trade are puzzling, but honestly, sending McNabb isn’t a huge deal. If the guys we get in return can crack the lineup in the next year an a half, it’s a win. We Have our top 2 picks this year Risto’ and Zadorov, Myers, Reuwedel, and Pysyk, where does McNabb fit in? Hoenstly, it could have been either Pysyk or Reuwedel who could have went instead, I figured those 3 guys were interchangeable in terms of development and skill. If you really want to look at this trade in a positive light, we essentially gave up Mcnabb and 2 picks, for the LA guys and Conacher. This team needed scoring depth, and I believe they got it.

    • rycoem - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Agree with all except for lumping Pysyk in with the other two…Pysyk is much better and will be an NHL regular very soon

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