New Jersey Devils 2012 Stanley Cup Team: Where are they now?

Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the New Jersey Devils (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Mark Fayne boxes out Dustin Brown in the New Jersey Devils' Game Five win over the Kings. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
Mark Fayne boxes out Dustin Brown. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) /

Mark Fayne

If you blinked, you might have missed Mark Fayne’s tenure as a New Jersey Devil. He was drafted in the fifth round, 155th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2005, and established himself as an NHL regular five years later following the conclusion of his time with Providence College. Fayne never produced mind-blowing numbers offensively but developed a reputation as an analytics darling.

The 2011-12 season was the only season of Mark Fayne’s career where he played all 82 regular season games. He also played all 24 postseason games and averaged over 20 minutes of ice time while doing so. Fayne excelled in his own end but struggled greatly in his opponents’ end. Fayne, Volchenkov, and Andy Greene all played all 24 playoff games but combined for just one goal and five assists.

Fayne provided three of those assists, but the New Jersey Devils could’ve used the added offense from one of their most reliable blueliners.

Mark Fayne missed 10 or more games in each of his next two seasons with New Jersey, and then left for Edmonton after signing a four-year, $14 million contract with the Oilers in 2014. Fayne failed to recapture his New Jersey Devils form and was out of the NHL by 2016.

Fayne spent 2016-17 and 2017-18 in the AHL and hasn’t played since. Fayne received a PTO from the Boston Bruins in 2018 but failed to earn any kind of contract.

At the end of the day, Mark Fayne burnt some bridges and was out of hockey before the age of 30.