Birthdate: January 22, 1996
2013-14 Team: Guelph Storm (OHL)
From: Mississauga, ON
Hockey Prospect: 24
Fabbri, on top of having well-developed speed and acumen for reading the ice and involving his wings, also has an innate nose for the net. The 18-year-old counted 45 goals and 87 points across 58 regular-season games, crediting the stretch where he sat out a 10-game head-checking suspension for helping him improve his stamina and strength.
The pivot missed nearly the entire first round of the playoffs after taking a check to the head in the Storm’s opener. Fabbri was cleared to play two weeks later and did not miss a beat.
“He’s a special player,” said Columbus Blue Jackets first-round pick Kerby Rychel, who was Fabbri’s left wing this season. “He’s got the heart of a lion and some of the best skill I have ever seen.”
Robby Fabbri is a really intriguing prospect who is vaulting up draft boards. NHL Central Scouting had him at 21st among North American skaters but Bob McKenzie’s ranking from this week put him at 14th. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fabbri sneaks his way into the top 10. His offensive gifts are outstanding. Watching him play this year, he reminded me a lot of Nazem Kadri. If the Leafs are feeling bold, they might even use their eighth-overall pick on the Mississauga native.