When it rains, it pours, and the preseason body count continues to rise for the Blues. Robby Fabbri has likely re-torn a ligament in the same knee that abruptly ended his season last year. From the organization’s official press release:
“St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Robby Fabbri will miss the entire 2017-18 season after re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee. The Blues will hold a press conference with Armstrong and Fabbri on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m., in the Scottrade Center Media Room.
Fabbri originally suffered a torn left ACL on Feb. 4, 2017. Dr. Bernard Bach performed surgery on Fabbri’s knee on Feb. 28 in Chicago, and he was cleared to play on July 31.
Fabbri, 21, has appeared in 123 career regular season games, recording 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) and 52 penalty minutes.
At the present moment, Steen, Berglund, Bouwmeester, Sanford, and Fabbri are all injured, and St.Louis is set to limp into the season opener. While Steen skated today, which is promising, Sanford will likely be out for at least 5-6 months, Bouwmeester has fractured his ankle and his timetable is still up in the air, and the earliest Berglund could be back in the lineup is December.
If there’s a silver lining to this shitty cloud, the rash of injuries have certainly opened up a couple of roster spots for some very promising youngsters, if they can capitalize on the opportunity:
I'm not making the decisions & depending on status of Steen & Fabbri, I don't see how Blais & Megan don't make this team. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) September 27, 2017
Megan, Blais, hell, even Tage Thompson have turned a lot of heads, and with established NHLers dropping from the roster like flies, maybe it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to let one or two of the kids have a shot? Of course, with a cornerstone forward like Fabbri biting the dust, the call for a mulleted hero has already gone out and at this point, why not toss Jagr a contract just for the depth?