It’s been no secret how much I like Robby Fabbri as a player. His lack of size does not scare me (5’10). I don’t think it prevents him from being an impact player at the NHL level. Every time I saw Fabbri play this year, he was the best player on the ice. He impacts the game on so many different levels. He’s a tireless worker at both ends of the ice. He excels without the puck and is a real puck hound. If he doesn’t have the puck, he’s going to fight to get it and is great at forcing turnovers in the neutral zone, using his smarts and an active stick. On the forecheck, he showcases deceptive speed and despite his lack of size, wins a lot of battles along the boards. While he’s not an overtly physical player, Fabbri certainly is quick to engage in battle and excels in traffic. He actually can be prone to taking some dumb penalties (usually of the retaliatory nature) as he has a tough time dialing down the intensity level. Offensively, his best asset is his smarts. He’s incredible at finding holes in the defense, working give and go’s and anticipating where and when scoring chances are going to develop. His 58 goals this year (including playoffs) are no fluke. He just knows how to find openings and he’s got a great wrist shot which he uses to capitalize on chances (he doesn’t miss often). He even saved the best for last, winning the OHL playoffs MVP (second year in a row a draft eligible player has won it after Bo Horvat did last year). To sum it up, Fabbri is an incredibly complete player who possesses all the qualities that you’d look for in a franchise center. Well…except for one (size). And if you’re like me and you believe that his size won’t hurt his ability to perform at the next level, you draft him and you draft him early. After the way he’s played this year, I can’t help but believe there are NHL teams who feel the same way about Fabbri as I do.
- Brock Otten, OHL Prospects
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Robby Fabbri Statistics
|2011-12||Mississauga Rebels Mn Mdgt AAA C||GTMMHL||60||57||48||105||75||||
|Toronto Jr. Canadiens||OJHL||1||0||3||3||0|||||Playoffs||1||0||0||0||0|
|Canada Ontario U17||WHC-17||5||3||1||4||27||||
|2011-12||Mississauga Rebels Mn Mdgt AAA C||OHL Cup||7||4||4||8||8||||
|2013-14||Canada U18||Hlinka Memorial||5||0||1||1||4||-2||||
My fav. *gush gush gush*
Made Darnell Nurse look like an OHL Hal Gill. Played him like a fiddle. Easily the best AND most electric player on the ice on any given night.