Blues sign Fabbri to entry-level deal

Blues sign Fabbri to entry-level deal

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Robert Fabbri is selected twenty-first overall by the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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by Andrew Allsman, HockeySTL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 4 at 12:45 AM

(HockeySTL)-- The Blues announced on Tuesday that they had agreed to a two-way, entry-level contract with 2014 first-round draft pick Robby Fabbri.

"It’s a great honor; such a great team to go to,” Fabbri said a few months ago when he found out the Blues had drafted him.

Fabbri, 18, was drafted 21st overall by the Blues in late June and was with the club this summer for their developmental camp. The forward will also be a part of the Blues’ roster for the 2014 Traverse City Prospect Tournament, which begins on Sept. 12 in Traverse City, Mich.

Prior to the June draft, Fabbri was ranked 21st overall amongst North American skaters by Central Scouting. The forward tallied 45 goals, 87 points last season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm. He followed his season with a stellar postseason and was named the MVP of the 2014 OHL playoffs.

“Fabbri is a below average sized buzz saw who works hard and has some of the best feet in the entire draft,” Fabbri’s profile read on Elite Prospects’ website. “He uses his speed and mobility to be shifty and elusive but is also willing to play physical. His hands are skilled, he shows some creativity on the ice, and has a quick shot release.”

With top prospects Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko becoming full-time NHL players in the past few years, Fabbri can quickly establish himself as one of the club’s top prospects.

"Fabbri is the young, talented center Blues fans have been (literally) yelling for to get in their system, Corey Pronman, an NHL prospect writer for ESPN tweeted after the Blues selected Fabbri.

Fabbri could join the Blues for their September training camp, but the center will not be making the club this year and is expected to return to the OHL for the upcoming season.

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