Nashville Select Dante Fabbro (1st Round, 17th Overall)

(Photo Credit: Damon James)
(Photo Credit: Damon James)

The Nashville Predators selected defenseman Dante Fabbro with the seventeenth overall selection in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Notes via Nashville Predators:

Dante Fabbro – Defenseman, 18th-ranked North American Skater, NHL Central Scouting. 6-0, 189 pounds – Penticton, BCHL. June 20, 1998 – Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Named the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Top Defenseman in 2015-16, leading all British Columbia Hockey League blueliners with 67 points in 45 games. Led 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.
  • Set up the gold medal-winning goal for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in 2015. Won gold with Canada at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Led all defensemen with eight assists at the 2016 Under-18 World Championship.
  • From NHL Central Scouting’s John Williams, via “Fabbro is a smooth skating, smart, offensive-defenseman.”
  • Committed to Boston University for the fall of 2016.
  • Lists the Nashville Predators as his favorite team and says he models his game after Preds Captain Shea Weber, via a Yahoo report.
  • His sisters, Gina and Sophia, both play Division I soccer at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Notes via Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects:

Dante Fabbro is a dependable two-way defenseman with high offensive upside. He plays with poise and makes mature, high-percentage decisions under pressure. In his own end, he is proactive with both his body and stick, and does everything right to interrupt passing lanes and win back possession. With the puck on his stick, he is mobile at an elite level and can direct plays like a quarterback. He possesses a hard and accurate release on his shot, that he gets off quickly and on-net. All-in-all, a complete defenseman that plays a refined game at both ends of the ice.

Fabbro only just turned 18-years old this past Monday. He will be joining Boston University in the Fall. When you look around at the current crop of Nashville Predators prospects there are plenty of forwards making waves in the prospect pool but the defensive depth is lacking. He might not impact the system immediately but he will impact the system effectively once he arrives.

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