Robby Fabbri: 2014 NHL Top Prospect

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Robby Fabbri 

League:  OHL     Team:  Guelph Storm  

Position:  C      Shoots:  Left

DOB:  Jan. 22, 1996     Birthplace:  Mississauga, ON 

Height:  5’10     Weight:  165

2013-14  Stats:  Games: 49   G: 39   A:  37  Pts:  76  PIM: 51   Plus/Minus:  39

Robby Fabbri plays in the Ontario Hockey League for the Guelph Storm. 

Week 19:  Arizona Hockey Talk’s preliminary evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Robby Fabbri.

Achievements:  

1.  Represented Canada (Ontario) at the 2013 World U17 Hockey Challenge.

2.  Represented Canada at the 2013 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. 

3.  Drafted in the 1st round, number 6 overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Draft by the Guelph Storm. 

Offensive Buzzwords

Robby Fabbri is a very skilled offensive center that has a good very scoring touch.  Like most gifted offensive players he sees the ice very well and has good hockey sense.  He has very good hands, forechecks hard and possesses a better than average shot with a quick release.  At 5’10 he’s doesn’t shy away from bigger players and competes in the tough areas of the ice 

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Robbi Fabbri

2014 Top Prospect Robbi Fabbri           courtesy of OHL Images

Skating

Robby Fabbri is a better than average skater with good speed and very good mobility making him very elusive in the offensive end.  He is very solid on his skates and is hard to move off of the puck, even at 5’10 and 165 lbs.  

Defensive Buzzwords

Robby Fabbri has a solid defensive game.  He back-checks hard and competes in both ends of the ice.  As scouts say he plays a 200 foot game.  

Prospect Analysis 

Robby Fabbri is an undersized center by today’s standards but he is very skilled and has a solid compete level with a physical edge.  In today’s NHL size isn’t the major prerequisite it used to be.  The NHL has plenty of players in 5’9 – 5’11 range.  You may not want to have 3 or 4 undersized forwards on one team but there is plenty of room in the NHL for quote, unquote, smaller forwards.  A solid compete level can make up for lack of size.  Right now he is projecting as a later 1st round pick or an early 2nd round pick but don’t be surprised if he move up come draft day.  He could be a Top 15 darkhorse. 

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