The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forwards Nick Deslauriers and Hudson Fasching from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Brayden McNabb, forward Jonathan Parker and two second-round draft picks.
Deslauriers, 23, leads the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs in goals (18) and ranks second in points (39) in 60 games played at left wing. The native of LaSalle, Que., spent his first two pro seasons as a defenseman, totaling five goals and 32 assists in 128 games from 2011-13.
Before his selection in the third round (84th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Deslauriers posted prolific numbers as a defenseman with Rouyn-Noranda and Gatineau (QMJHL), recording 127 points (35 goals, 92 assists) in 223 games on the blue line.
Fasching, 18, was originally drafted by Los Angeles in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Currently playing for the University of Minnesota, Fasching ranks third on the team and seventh in the conference with 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) through 31 games in his freshman campaign.
McNabb, an AHL All-Star in 2013 and 2014, has tallied seven goals, 21 assists and a plus-11 rating in 37 games with Rochester this season. The 23-year-old native of Davidson, Sask., has also skated in 12 NHL games with the Sabres in 2013-14.
A third-round draft pick by Buffalo in 2009, McNabb has totaled 17 goals and 78 assists for 95 points 145 AHL contests and one goal and seven assists in 37 NHL games over his three pro seasons.
Parker, 22, has one assist in 11 AHL games with Rochester this season, and has tallied six goals and six assists for 12 points in 76 career AHL contests during his three pro campaigns.