Player: Robby Fabbri
Drafted By: St. Louis Blues (21st overall)
Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 21 North American skater
Height/Weight: 5'10", 170 lbs
DOB: January 22, 1996 (18 years old)
Most Recent Affiliation: OHL, Guelph Storm
Robby Fabbri had an impressive run in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs. He scored 13 goals and 15 assists in 16 games and earned MVP honors for his postseason performance. Fabbri's postseason play demonstrated his continued development, as he scored 45 goals and 42 assists in 58 regular-season games. Fabbri has an array of offensive moves and is a slick skater.
Full Scouting Report
Fabbri seems to have all of the elements it takes to become an impact player, other than size. He is an excellent skater who can attack the defense, and he also has the instincts that make his speed and quickness even more dangerous factors.
Fabbri can also sneak into the offensive zone, find the soft spots and then quickly attack the net with his excellent wrist shot or slick moves. Fabbri can score in bunches and take over a game when he has gained some momentum.
Despite his lack of size, Fabbri is a competitive player who will work hard to get possession. He may not win the battle against bigger opponents, but he is not going to give up. He also has an excellent pair of hands that allow him to pick out the corners when shooting or hit his teammates with precise passes.
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards likes Fabbri's offensive capabilities. "Robert has been very noticeable and extremely productive," Edwards said. "He is an excellent playmaker and has good puckhandling ability. He's very effective on the power play, elusive and quick."
NHL Player Comparison
Fabbri opened a lot of eyes with his strong showing in the OHL playoffs. His quickness, desire and ability to finish plays may remind fans of Philadelphia's Claude Giroux. Fabbri clearly has a lot of work to do to reach Giroux's level, but he has the kind of quick-strike ability and talent that could allow him to reach a similar level.
Give Fabbri one more year to develop his talent and potentially put on some more muscle. It's likely he will always be undersized, but he does not shy away from contact. If he gets the time to get stronger, he could be formidable once he gets to the NHL.
Considering comparisons are being made to a player with the high-end skill of Giroux, Fabbri should have an opportunity to develop into a productive NHL player. While it may take him some time to work his way into a regular position, he should be able to show off his talent as a scorer and gain a coaching staff's trust over time. If he can get off on the right foot, he has star potential.