St. Louis Blues Send 2014 First-Rounder Robby Fabbri to AHL Chicago Wolves


With his junior team, the Guelph Storm, having been eliminated from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs on Tuesday evening, the St. Louis Blues have sent their first-round pick from the 2014 draft, forward Robby Fabbri, to their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

It had been thought that Fabbri would join the NHL club following the conclusion of his junior season. However, that plan may have been affected by the team’s decision to keep rookie forward Ty Rattie with the NHL club for the rest of the season. Prior to his recent promotion, Rattie had been one of the Wolves’ primary sources of offense, registering 21 goals and 21 assists over 59 games. With Rattie serving as the team’s 15th forward and the ongoing AHL season preventing the Blues from calling up enough players to form a full taxi squad of “black aces”, there wouldn’t have been much opportunity for Fabbri to showcase himself over the next few weeks anyway.

Now the 19-year-old will head to Chicago and attempt to get his feet wet as a pro. The Wolves have clinched a playoff berth and still have a week left in their regular season schedule, meaning that Fabbri will get to spend at least two weeks in the AHL.

If the Blues are still playing if and when the Wolves are eliminated from the playoffs, Fabbri could join the NHL club. However, he’d be very unlikely to see game action with the regular lineup more or less set in stone.

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Fabbri will likely be joined in Chicago by his fellow 2014 draftee, second-rounder Ivan Barbashev, after his junior team, the Moncton Wildcats, is eliminated from the postseason. The Wildcats are currently down 2-1 in a best-of-seven series, so it will still be at least a few more days until Barbashev is eligible for a call-up.

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