Ramblings: Fabbri Update, Bailey Returns, Game Recaps; Early PK Save Percentages – October 25

Michael Clifford

2018-10-25

 

Considering some of the news-heavy days we've had in the last week or so, Wednesday's news updates were fairly light. 

The Blues sent Sam Blais to the minors a couple days ago. This is likely in anticipation of the return of Robby Fabbri, who was sent on a conditioning assignment in San Antonio.

It’s been a long road for Fabbri. Injuries limited his 2016-17 season to 51 games and then he missed all last year. He looked ready for the 2018-19 season and then he had this minor groin issue flare up.

That it’s been so long since Fabbri was in the NHL makes it easy to forget how good he was. Though his raw numbers were just 29 goals in 123 regular season games, his goals per 60 minutes at five-on-five was 0.85, tied with names like Alex Galchenyuk, Corey Perry, and Jordan Eberle for the 2015-17 seasons. He also had that great postseason in 2016 where he posted 15 points in 20 games. This was a budding top-line forward before the injuries hit.

The question is what player we get back. Is he going to be the same guy right out of the gate once his conditioning stint is over? Probably not. Can he get there in a couple months? Maybe. There’s a left wing spot next to Ryan O’Reilly with Fabrri’s name written all over it, though.

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The league has handed a one-game suspension to Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki for his elbow on Urho Vaakanainen on Tuesday night.

Fantasy-wise, this isn’t a huge deal. Borowiecki is only used for peripherals in deeper leagues. Players will have to make-do without him for one night.

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Matt Beleskey was placed on waivers by the New York Rangers.

He may still see some time with the Rangers. He’ll clear waivers and needs some time to get his feet under him after recovering from a shoulder injury. That he’s struggled to stay in the lineup with two different teams isn’t a good sign for his future, though.

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Josh Bailey was back in the lineup for t