Saturday, September 7, 2019

Robby Fabbri Jersey Card

(As per years past, this is a twin-post with my "regular" blog, where I predicted the St. Louis Blues would finish fourth in the Central Division in 2019-20).

Robby Fabbri was once a promising prospect, a first-round draft pick after consecutive seasons in Juniors where he posted seasons of nearly two points per game, and an OHL playoff MVP (with 28 points in 16 games with the Guelph Storm in 2013-14), followed by a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Juniors.

Then at age 19, he made it to the Big Show and had an okay showing in the regular season, except during the playoffs, he tied Vladimir Tarasenko for the team lead in points with 15 in 20 games as the Blues made it to the Western Conference Final.

Two operations to the same knee and a full year and a half of rehab later, he made it back to the team only to suffer a shoulder injury. He did play 10 postseason games as St. Louis won the Stanley Cup in June, but with so little playing time that he couldn't make a dent on the scoreboard, it feels almost like an honorary mention than the type of accolade Ryan O'Reilly now gets.

As a matter of fact, even the Blues don't know what to make of him at this point, as they signed him to a one-year deal over the summer that will only pay him $900,000... $25,000 less than what he made last year, and considerably less (23%) than the $1.107M he made in the four seasons of his ELC.

And it's not like the 2018-19 Blues were an offensive force, as these were its top-15 point producers, none of whom were point-per-game players:
Courtesy of HockeyDB
Furthermore, on that chart, only Jaden Schwartz incrementally improved his production in the postseason, meaning that for most of these guys, this was the year they had, period. If it's an outlier, it's a consistent, year-long outlier.

There's room for a couple of younger guys to come into their own and crack that list, but there should also be room for a 23-year-old to get another real shot, not just the 12:39 per game he averaged during the regular season, and definitely more than the 8:39 he was given in the playoffs.

Here he is wearing the Blues' current (and 90s-retro) blue (home) uniform, with the team's 50th Anniversary patch on the right shoulder, on card #GJ-RF from Upper Deck's 2017-18 Series 1 set and UD Game Jersey sub-set:
It features a white game-worn jersey swatch that is probably from the team's away uniform. To the naked eye, there seems to be a line of stitching going through it.

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