Dante Fabbro has proven to show flashes of strong defensive play. He has never matched it with much on the offensive end, but blocking shots and being the right position defensively has been there from him on most occassions.
Fabbro has just 12 goals in 207 career NHL games.
Unfortunately, Fabbro has also shown us plenty of instances where he has turned the puck over leading to odd man rushes and goals surrendered. At this point in his career, his fifth year in the NHL, he should be showing way more progress.
Fabbro has to be your top trade piece as the March deadline approaches. It’s only two months away, and you know the front office has to be thinking about this already. Maybe even taking phones calls behind the scenes to test the interest in the open market.
With Jordan Gross showing he’s capable of stepping into a full-time NHL role, Fabbro has become expendable. If the Predators fall further back in the playoff race, then he’ll become even more expendable, and you definitely move on from him.
I really like Fabbro and hope he finds a better landing spot through a trade. He’s a NHL caliber defensemen on a third pairing, with top-four potential at just age 24. However, I don’t see it working out long-term in a Nashville Predators uniform.