Mark Fayne is currently a free agent defenseman. He is coming off of groin surgery, so until he is healthy his situation will stay the same. What would the New Jersey Devils be losing if he were to go to another team?
Fayne did not have his best season for the Devils. He posted a minus-5 despite spending most of his time with Andy Greene, the team’s best defenseman. It was the worst plus/minus he posted in his career, as he was on the ice for too many goals against.
On the other side of that coin, he was part of a defense that ranked first in the league in shots against. The main job of the defense is to try to keep the puck away from their goaltender, and he was third on the team in blocked shots with 83. He brings a certain grit to the team without having to fight everyone on the other team.
He played on the Devils’ penalty kill, which was the best in the league once again. He even scored one of the Devils’ short-handed goals, proving that this is where he gave the team its biggest impact.
Despite dealing with injuries all season, he only missed ten games. He gave the Devils everything he had, which could be the reason he posted some less than average stats at times. He played hurt almost everyday.
Fayne is an easy player to overlook. He doesn’t score a lot, isn’t a big hitter and doesn’t do much that would make people talk. He also doesn’t make a ton of mistakes. He isn’t looked upon like Bryce Salvador or Anton Volchenkov, who most fans want to get bought out. Many fans would like to bring him back because they know the value he brings.
When looking to grade Fayne, it is hard to judge. What he brings to a team is hard to see on a stat sheet. His season started to really dip towards the end of the year, which could almost definitely be attributed to his injury. He was above average for the Devils, but just barely.
Season Grade: C+