Blues rookie Robby Fabbri’s NHL career got off to a hot start, as the 19-year-old scored his first career goal — and it was the game-winner, too — in his first career game when St. Louis opened their season against the Edmonton Oilers less than a week ago. After the second game of his career, however, Fabbri and the Blues can’t be certain when he’ll get back on the ice.
Less than three minutes into Saturday’s contest against Minnesota, Fabbri was fighting for a puck along the boards when Wild left winger Chris Porter slammed the rookie’s head into the boards in an attempt to separate him from the puck.
Following the hit, Fabbri remained on the ice for 16 seconds. He proceeded to skate four additional shifts, the last of which ended more than 12 minutes after the hit by Porter. Take a look at the hit:
There was no call on the play, but it’s evident on the replay that Fabbri’s head takes a jolt when Porter makes contact. Even with the new concussion spotters, Fabbri was allowed to continue on-ice, however, and he remained on the bench for nearly the whole period before being taken in for evaluation. He did not return to Saturday’s contest after the first frame.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed the concussion Monday evening, saying Fabbri will be sidelined indefinitely.
“We’re going to miss Robby,” Hitchcock said. “I was surprised on the concussion because he had three great shifts after the concussion. We’re going to miss his spunk, but (Scottie Upshall and Scott Gomez) will be excellent replacements.”
Fabbri made the Blues roster out of training camp following three outstanding seasons with the OHL’s Guelph Storm. In 147 games with the Storm, Fabbri had notched 80 goals and 171 points and helped Guelph to an OHL championship in 2013-14 with 13 goals and 28 points in 16 playoff games. The Blues selected Fabbri 21st overall in the 2014 draft.