Throughout the offseason and training camp, the Rochester Americans publically emphasized that team success will eventually lead to players accomplishing their individual goals.
If back-to-back wins to open the season are an early indication, there may be several happy players in the Amerks locker room when the postseason rolls around next April.
Amerks forward Hudson Fasching is expecting big things in the 2017-18 season. The 22-year-old is entering his second full season as a pro.
Last year did not go according to plan as Fasching missed 26 games due to a groin injury. Upon returning, he was able to showcase his skills in front of the net and in the corners with his size and strength.
The former 4th round draft pick out of the University of Minnesota says the one thing missing last year was consistency.
“Being able to play on a day-in, day-out basis and be effective and help the team,” said Fasching. “I can produce more offensively as well. Last year with being injured and coming back, I was all over the place and I did get back out there, so I think if I could work more consistently and be more physical and put some points up, that’s what I’m focusing on.”
Fasching’s new head coach is determined to get more from a player that produced 7 goals and 4 assists in 34 games with the Amerks last season.
“He’s a big guy. He has good net presence for us on the power play,” said Chris Taylor. “He’s got to use his size down low. It’s a work in progress. He’s coming along very nicely and he’s developing every day.”
The Amerks return to the ice at Blue Cross Arena on Friday, October 13 against Utica.