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Top NHL Draft prospects earn BCHL awards

Penticton's Jost named MVP, Fabbro top defenseman

by Mike G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Penticton center Tyson Jost and defenseman Dante Fabbro, each projected to be a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, won league awards for their regular season in the British Columbia Hockey League.

Jost (5-foot-11, 191 pounds), No. 15 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the draft, was named the Vern Dye Memorial most valuable player of the league. Jost, who will attend the University of North Dakota in 2016-17, led the league with 62 assists and a 2.17 points-per game average in 48 games. He ranked third with 104 points after having 23 goals and 45 points in 46 games in 2014-15.

Fabbro (6-0, 189), No. 18 on Central Scouting's midterm list of North American skaters, was named the top defenseman of the league. He led all BCHL defensemen with 67 points (14 goals, 53 points) and four game-winning goals, and ranked second with eight power-play goals, in 45 games this season. He had four goals and 33 points in 44 games for Penticton in 2014-15.

"[Fabbro] is a strong positional player with a very good read and react game," said Dan Marr, NHL Director of Central Scouting. "He's always in a good position to break up the play and he can force opponents to the outside. He's very agile and can advance the puck efficiently, can get his shot on net. I like the fact he plays a smart, patient game and gets it done in all situations."

Fabbro will attend Boston University in 2016-17.

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