This week’s prospects include Dante Fabbro of the Penticton Vees, Max Jones of the London Knights and Dennis Yan of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Dante Fabbro – Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Born: June 20, 1998 – Burnaby, BC Canada
Weight: 185 lbs.
Fabbro has all the tools to perhaps play in the NHL before any of the other defensemen in the draft. Has the size and skating ability to frustrate his opponents any time he is on the ice, whether it’s a big hit or his defensive play. Head is always on a swivel and runs the power play and keeps his shots low so his forwards can get a stick on it. Above-average skater who has clean long strides and can out-hustle anybody to the puck in the corners. Keeps his stick active in the passing lanes and can transition to an offensive defenseman in the blink of an eye. Committed to playing for Boston University next Fall.
Grade: Had many offers from NCAA schools dating back to three seasons ago. That should tell you the kid is special. A
Max Jones – London Knights (OHL)
Position: Left Winger
Born: February 17, 1998 – Lake Orion, Michigan, USA
Weight: 195 lbs.
Jones is a big, mean aggressive winger who can blend his physical game with his scoring ability, which is what all NHL teams desire. A high-energy player that gives it all every shift and will knock you through the boards if you don’t keep your head up. Does a great job creating space for his teammates and dominates the play below the goal line and in the corners. Not afraid of anybody and is a complete character player who will stand up for his teammates and wreak havoc for opponents.
Grade: Jones is what All NHL teams desire: A competitive winger who can hit, agitate, make plays and score. A
Pierre Luc-Dubois – Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
Position: Left Winger
Born: June 24, 1998 – Ste-Agathe-des-Months, Quebec
Weight: 202 lbs.
Dubois is already playing a pro-style game and is developing into a reliable two-way forward. He makes smart decisions with the puck and has good vision to find open teammates. Is relied on heavily to play in all situations and create plays as he is a pass-first player. Has a long reach and uses it to his advantage in front of the net. Not a very strong skater and won’t impress with his stick handling but gets the job done and contributes offensively.
Grade: His skating is improving and he has the tools but doesn’t always bring his toolbox to the rink. B
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