The St. Louis Blues have signed Robby Fabbri, their first-rounder in this year’s NHL Draft, to a three-year, two-way contract. This clears the way for Fabbri to participate in the Blues’ training camp later this month, though it’s not certain if he’ll do so after playing in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which takes place from September 12 to 16.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound forward is expected to play for the Guelph Storm of the OHL again this season. He’s still ineligible to play in the American Hockey League due to his age, and though he theoretically can now play for the NHL club, it’s likely that he won’t reach hockey’s highest level for a year or two as he continues to bulk up his frame. With that said, Fabbri showed some skills during the Blues’ developmental camp this summer that would lead one to think he could be an NHL contributor in rather short order. If he and second-rounder Ivan Barbashev continue to perform well and advance at the pace they have been, there’s a good chance that both will be in St. Louis by 2016-17.