2014 Spotlight: Robert Fabbri
Hes 6th overall selection of the 2012 OHL Draft is a player that fits in well with the team that selected him, the Guelph Storm. Fabbri is a high skill centre who really brings one of the highest compete levels in the 96 age group in Ontario. He relies on both his high skill set and his determination to make an impact on the game.
Fabbri is an elite offensive talent who shows top end vision and puck skills mixed in with a lethal shot. He is not as individually skilled as a Joshua Ho-Sang, however he does possess some of the best vision in the age group, and makes crisp tape to tape passes in the offensive one. He is extremely creative with the puck, shows good elusiveness, and is always lethal in the offensive zone. Despite his size, he is extremely strong on the puck, and does not allow himself to be easily separated from it. He is also a fantastic skater who shows great footwork and really uses his lower body strength to drive into open ice.
The only issue with Fabbri at this point is his overall size and strength. He did not allow his 5’10/166 frame limit him in minor midget, however the big question is how will it limit him at the next level. Will he still have the same ability to drive the net? Will he be able to fight through checks in the neutral zone as well as he did in the past? Given his complete level and his willingness to do whatever it takes to win, I think he will be fine, however it is a question that needs to be addressed.
Moving forward, Robert Fabbri projects out as a top six fowward with high end offensive potential. He should start the year in Guelph on the third line and see some powerplay opportunities, and develop his skill set as the Storm continue to rebuild. His leadership abilities, character and complete levels suggest he could one day be a leader at the Ontario Hockey League level.