The St Louis Blues have been rocked by the news that forward Robby Fabbri will miss the entire 2017/18 season after re-injuring his surgically repaired left knee.
The news was announced by Doug Armstrong, the President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the National Hockey League franchise.
Armstrong’s press conference can be found here.
Fabbri originally suffered the injury on February 4 in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was checked into the boards by Pittsburgh’s Carter Rowney during the first period and put no pressure on his leg as he left the ice.
After surgery to repair the torn ACL and months of intense physiotherapy and rehabilitation, Fabbri was cleared to play again on July 31. He joined the team in mid-September for the start of training camp.
Last Friday (September 22) saw Fabbri play in his first pre-season game, playing 19 minutes and eight seconds when recording three shots on goal against the Washington Capitals.
Blues GM Armstrong had said after the game that Fabbri had noticed some swelling in his left knee. That led to an MRI scan on Sunday morning where doctors felt they saw a tear in the ACL. It was then confirmed after Fabbri flew to Chicago to see Dr Bernard Bach, who confirmed the injury.
Fabbri is now expected to undergo surgery to repair the injury within the first two weeks of October and is expected to make a full recovery before training camp next September. However, he has been ruled out to play any part this season or postseason.
21-year-old Fabbri has appeared in 123 regular season games in his career, recording 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) and 52 penalty minutes.
Injuries keep racking up
The injury to Fabbri isn’t the only one that the Blues are currently dealing with. Forward Zach Sanford suffered a dislocated shoulder during his first practice session and is expected to miss five to six months, Alexander Steen sustained a hand injury that will sideline him for the rest of preseason at least, while defenceman Jay Bouwmeester left a training camp scrimmage with a fractured ankle.
The team were already without Patrik Berglund, who will remain sidelined until December while recovering from an offseason shoulder injury.
More opportunities for younger players
The injuries in the roster will certainly create more opportunities for some of the club’s top prospects that still remain on the training camp roster. These include Sam Blais, Tage Thompson, Klim Kostin and Wade Megan – all of which have impressed at training camp thus far.