Thursday, March 28, 2019
Top Prospect Signings (Mar 28)
Kind of dropped the ball on a couple of key top prospect signings, starting with the Nashville Predators signing 2016 1st round draft pick Dante Fabbro to his entry-level deal yesterday. The 20-year old defenseman finished his college season with Boston University this week and decided to forego another season at the NCAA level to go pro and get some time in with the Predators. Fabbro has been a productive offensive blueliner at the college level, represented Canada at the World Juniors and could be a guy to help eat up some minutes at the pro level. It doesn't look like he'll be the greatest offensive threat, but he could be a reasonable add at a Waiver Draft in the hockey pool, if push came to shove and his full rookie campaign next season goes well.
The New York Islanders also pulled from the college ranks, getting forward Oliver Wahlstrom to commit out of college really early, as the 2018 1st round pick said that he was ready to join the pro ranks and he'll get some time in at the AHL level this season and he might make a quality push for a roster spot on an Islanders team that will reward some hard work. Wahlstrom is coming out of Boston College this season, where he had 19 points in 36 games, but the Islanders are pretty high on this 18-year old, convincing him to turn pro and sign his deal right away this spring. He's already got some size, but he will likely need some time to develop, but it's certainly going in the right direction for him.