NHL Player Safety has announced the Nashville Predators skater Dante Fabbro will have a hearing Wednesday. The hearing comes as a result of Fabbro’s elbow connecting with Brock McGinn of the Carolina Hurricanes‘ head. The department announced the update early Wednesday morning.
Nashville’s Dante Fabbro will have a hearing today for Elbowing Carolina’s Brock McGinn.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 10, 2021
Predators Dante Fabbro to Have Hearing
Fabbro is having a solid season as a member of the deep Nashville blueline. The 22-year-old has two goals and nine points in 26 games. He has collected 13 hits and 40 blocks as well. It’s looking like a breakout season for the young skater who currently has a career-high in both Corsi For and points per game. It is also impressive that Fabbro is producing as well as he is while averaging just 19:15 per ice time. He is positioning himself for a sizeable pay raise when he reaches free agency this summer.
The Predators originally drafted Fabbro in the first round of the 2016 Draft. His career started slowly with only four games in his first season, but his usage exploded last year. The 6’1″, 193-pound defender appeared in 64 games with five goals, 11 points, 54 hits and 85 blocks. He has also posted a Corsi For above 50 percent in each season to this point. Nashville may be well-stocked on defence, but Fabbro seems to be carving out a significant role for himself.
How Nashville Replaces Fabbro
Fabbro hasn’t been suspended before, so his punishment should be relatively light. Depending on how long he is absent, Nashville could turn to either Matthew Benning or Alexandre Carrier as a partner for Mattias Ekholm on the top pairing. It could also push taxi squad defencemen Ben Harpur into the starting lineup. Fabbro’s potential suspension isn’t huge by itself, but the team has lost Ryan Ellis to the injured reserve list and Roman Josi could join him. The Preds can probably handle a brief suspension, but the depth is thin right now.
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