The St. Louis Blues director of player development Tim Taylor has been working with Robert Fabbri extensively this week during the teams development camp. Fabbri was selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.
Fabbri had 45 goals and 87 points throughout 58 regular season games played. He was then named MVP of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs after he had 13 goals and 28 points in 16 games while helping the Guelph Storm reach the Memorial Cup championship game.
Taylor simply stated that there’s a reason the Blues chose him first. “He’s got that acceleration. He separates himself instantly away from his man,” Taylor said. “He’s got good instincts to get the puck to the net; not only shooting the puck, but he drives the net hard. Those are all good qualities in an NHL player that we like. He’s a difference-maker. He’s looking to be the difference in the game.”
Taylor is also comparing Fabbri to Martin St. Louis. Fabbri is said to have the same work ethic as St. Louis and the potential to become just as great of a hockey player.
Fabbri entered the development camp with the goal to make such a huge impression. “It was fun finally putting on the jersey, the fans and everything like that,” Fabbri said. “Such a great organization, and you can tell that by the fans out there that it’s a great city to play in.” Despite being fun, he was successful in making the first impression a great one. He knows that he won’t jump directly onto the Blues bench and will need to prove himself on the AHL level first. He plans on doing this by taking a leadership role Guelph and then proceed from there.