Buffalo, New York - (June 24, 2016) – With the 17th selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, the Nashville Predators selected defenseman Dante Fabbro on Friday night at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. A two-way defenseman known to have impressive offensive upside, Fabbro spent the 2015-16 season with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League, earning 2015-16 Canadian Junior Hockey League Top Defenseman honors.
The 6-0, 189-pound native of Coquitlam, British Columbia amassed 14 goals and 67 points in 45 games with Penticton in 2015-16, a point total that led all British Columbia Hockey League defensemen. He also led all defensemen in points per game (1.49) and finished second in both goals and assists to help Penticton finish with the BCHL’s top regular-season record.
Fabbro (6/20/1998), who grew up a fan of the Predators, lists Preds Captain Shea Weber as his favorite NHL player.
“It’s definitely a special moment for me and my family,” Fabbro said. “I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this organization, and hopefully in the future I can make an impact.”
“He’s a good, all-around defenseman who plays in all situations,” Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile said. “He’s a very smart hockey player. This should be a guy who, if he develops the way we feel that he should in the next few years, he should be a top-four defensemen and he should play in all situations.”
Committed to play at Boston University beginning in the fall of 2016, Fabbro set up the gold medal-winning goal for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in 2015. The blueliner won gold with Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and led all defensemen with eight assists at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship.
Fabbro has two sisters, Gina and Sophia, who play soccer at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, northwest of Nashville. He is on Twitter @17Fabbro.
Rounds 2-7 of the Draft continue Sunday morning at 9 a.m. CT with the Predators holding seven more selections: No. 47 (second round), Nos. 76 and 78 (third round), No. 108 (fourth round), No. 138 (fifth round), No. 168 (sixth round) and No. 198 (seventh round).