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Darren Pang Suggested Robby Fabbri To Steve Yzerman

11/14/2019 at 10:22am EST

In case you missed the interview I linked to a few days ago.

from Will Burchfield of 97.1,

"Steve and I talk hockey all the time," Pang told the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket. "Doesn’t matter if he’s interested in a player or not, we talk about players and what kind of players fit in wherever. I’ve talked to Steve a little bit about Robby because I really like Robby Fabbri, I always have. I cheer for the kid because he’s a competitive kid. I do the majority of the games here in St. Louis between the benches, and one thing I found out, when the game was on the line and he wasn’t on the ice, he wasn’t happy. That’s the kind of guy he is. He’s not a passenger on the bus, he wants to lead the bus."

Fabbri, the 14th overall pick in 2014, lived up to the hype as a rookie in 2015-16, netting 18 goals in 72 games. He followed that up with a terrific run in the playoffs, before the Blues lost in the conference finals to the Blackhawks. But back-to-back knee injuries the next two years, the second of which cost him all of the 2017-18 season, curbed Fabbri's development. Then the Blues made a coaching change midway through last season, and he fell further down the depth chart....

"Anytime Steve would ask me about a player, or any time I (could) bring up Robby Fabbri to any of my friends that are managers, I thought especially for Steve, Robby Fabbri would be a perfect fit for Detroit. Hungry, motivated. As I said to Steve at one point, 'He’s not a prospect. He’s a real player.' I mean, he had 15 points in 20 playoff games (in 2015-16). He just happened to get hurt and that one injury to his ACL resulted in another injury to his ACL, and that’s a bad bit of fortune there. Hopefully that’s all behind him now.

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