University of Minnesota freshman forward Hudson Fasching is no stranger to any tempo or style on the ice.
He can play fast or a physically demanding role as a top-line playmaker or third-line grinder. That's precisely why the versatile Fasching was an attractive option as an energy-type forward for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Golden Gophers coach Don Lucia, who also coached the U.S. at the WJC, likes the pace and aggressiveness with which Fasching competes.
"He's a point-a-game guy [with Minnesota] and they're all 5-on-5, so he's had his success 5-on-5," Lucia said.
At 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, the 2013 fourth-round pick (No. 118) of the Los Angeles Kings has the size to get to the front of the net along with the skill to score from anywhere. Both traits were on display during an exhibition game against Minnesota State University in Mankato just 10 days before the start of the WJC in Malmo, Sweden.
Fasching scored a sensational overtime goal after taking a pass in stride through the neutral zone, breaking to the net and bulling his way in at 3:14 to give the U.S. a 3-2 victory.