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Friday night game changer for Fabri

From the Stands column by Paul Osborne: At some point Friday night, Guelph Storm forward Robby Fabbri will mostly likely hear his name called in Philadelphia and it could very well be a life-changing moment.
The National Hockey League draft is this weekend and Fabbri has steadily climbed the NHL rankings and is expected to go in the first round.
“I still think there is an outside chance he’ll go in the top 10,” said Storm GM Mike Kelly, “and there is a strong chance he will go between 15 and 25.”
Size is such a determining factor when it comes to hockey, but Fabbri has managed to convince NHL GM’s that size doesn’t matter all that much in his case.
“What is most exciting about Robby is his compete level,” said Kelly. “You’d think that would be the case with all first rounders, but I’ve spoken with teams this past week and that fact keeps coming out. He has three things working in his favour: 1) his compete level, 2) the fact he is willing to go into the high traffic areas against bigger players and 3) his ability to move east and west so quickly with the puck on his stick.”
Kelly is referring to Fabbri’s ability to be blazing down the wing and make one quick move or deke into the middle, which opens up all kinds of passing and shooting lanes.  He creates so many opportunities with his speed and deception.
And I guess most importantly, Fabbri doesn’t see his size to be a detriment at all.
“He sees himself as an elite player,” said Kelly. “(Early in the season) when the draft list came out and he was in the second round it drove him harder. He’s not just happy to play in the NHL or even be a top six forward, he sees himself as a guy who can play in the top three forwards. In his mind he doesn’t have to take a back seat to anyone, and that’s probably what makes him so special.”
And there isn’t a lick of arrogance in Fabbri’s vision. He is one of those kids that just sets his jaw and makes things happen.  On a team with future NHL players like Kerby Rychel, Brock McGinn, Matt Finn and Scott Kosmachuk, it was Fabbri who was named as the OHL Playoff MVP.
“I have worked with the (Jeff) O’Neill’s, (Todd) Bertuzzi’s, (Steve) Downie’s and (Alex) Pietrangelo’s and I haven’t had one that set their goals as high as Robby,” said Kelly.
And that is why many of the mock drafts have him going in the top 20 on Friday.
From the Land of Oz… Guelph Storm coach Scott Walker has been named an assistant for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Montreal and Toronto.  Benoit Groulx of the Gatineau Olympiques will be the head coach.  The other assistant will be Dave Lowry of the Victoria Royals… Several Ontario Hockey League officials rode in the recent 220km Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer event.  They raised $50,000 and rode in memory of the late Ken Bodendistel. A member of the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame for his work with officials, Bodendistel passed away during the hockey season…The Storm traded the rights to highly touted prospect Luke Kirwan to the Windsor Spitfires for two second-round draft picks.  Although it was never confirmed, it has to have been part of the deal that brought Kerby Rychel to Guelph early this season. In a straight-up deal Kirwan would have brought much more than two high draft picks.

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