Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his rankings of the Top 30 draft-eligible prospects of 2016. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center here in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.
#17.Dante Fabbro – RHD, Penticton (BCHL)
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The offensive-minded Fabbro adds a smooth, calming element to a team’s blue line corps. Instead of being a flashy, high-speed end-to-end producer, Fabbro makes his mark with consistency and simplicity, setting the table with his high-end vision and crisp, accurate passes that are sure to make him a collegiate stalwart when he exercises his commitment to Boston University for the 2016-17 season.
After leading all British Columbia Hockey League defensemen with 14 goals and 67 points in just 45 games, Fabbro received praise from virtually every hockey outlet for his work on Canada’s blueline at the 2016 IIHF Under-18 World Championship. There, the silky six-footer amassed eight helpers in the tournament’s seven games.
On top of the offensive contributions, Fabro answered any questions about his defensive wherewithal by forcing the play wide and not getting beat on the rush against his elite peers.
An adjustment to the elevated pace and physical play of the collegiate game is to be expected when he enrolls in school, but there is little doubt that he’ll fit right in as an offensive catalyst out of the box. His supreme skating game will make him plenty effective as the development takes form, and that efficient stride is the primary reason why he won’t be waiting long to hear his name called come draft day.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).