The draft is heavy with forwards compared to defenseman, but Robert Fabbri is a player who standouts in the 10-15 range. Fabbri scored 60 goals this year, including playoffs and Memorial Cup, for the OHL champion Guelph Storm earning OHL playoff MVP in the process. Fabbri’s size may scare off some teams standing at 5’10, but he plays with enough grit in his game that it should ease the transition to the NHL level. Think Mike Richards in that sense.
Although his smallish frame might steer away some teams, Guelph Storm forward Robby Fabbri is a player who has shown extremely well. He’s got an innate ability to sneak into scoring areas uncontested and strike quickly. Fabbri displays great hands and hockey sense so productive numbers naturally follow him. His skating is top-end featuring quick first steps and elusive edgework, both elements that contribute to his success as an undersized player. Fabbri thinks the game at an advanced level, possesses a competitive attitude and if size wasn’t a consideration, he’d be considered a top 10 pick. Don’t be surprised to see him as a top player years from now as his potential is very high.
Fabbri’s skilled, fast paced game would be a great long term compliment behind Niklas Backstrom’s smooth style, as the second line center that the Capitals have long been looking for. With drafting Fabbri, you are starting to put together the pieces behind Ovechkin and Backstrom to compete for a Stanley Cup. Adding Fabbri, Burakovsky, Kuznetsov, and Wilson to the aforementioned superstars would give Washington’s top six forwards a great mix of size, skill, and grit as the next wave of Capitals step in. Fabbri may very well go in the top ten on June 27th, but if he is on the board at 13 he is a player the Capitals should consider taking.