With rumors Nashville looking to make moves, the Coquitlam native could be available, but the price would be steep – if you try to trade for him now
Elliotte Friedman, in Saturday’s headline segment of Hockey Night in Canada, reported that the struggling Nashville Predators are ready to shake things up, the only untouchables being Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Pekka Rinne
It piqued my interest in Dante Fabbro’s availability The 17th pick in the 2016 Draft has six points in 17 games played this season, 18 in 85 career games Could it be acquired by the Vancouver Canucks, would they want it, and what would it cost?
Let’s start with Part 1 Yes, the Canucks could acquire Fabbro if you believe what Friedman reports Nashville prospect defenseman David Farrance is having a great senior season in college – the 2017 third-round pick has 14 points in six games and is poised to take the next step at the NHL level Predators are struggling in the standings and an upset could be on the way They look like a team waiting for the other shoe to drop (where have we heard that one before) If you can get some perspective and a decent pick for Fabbro you might need to think about it if you are the predators
Finances could be a factor, something that should never be considered in the current climate Fabbro is an RFA after this season and needs to receive a raise
For the Canucks, the fit is simple – he’s a young right-shooter defenseman who could make a top-four finish now or in the future That’s a glaring hole for this team right now, as they currently have no straight shot defenders in their top four In fact, their top-right defender currently in the roster is Tyler Myers, who isn’t necessarily the best looking long-term. Fabbro is currently trailing just under 50% of goal percentage for expected percentage, high danger chance percentage and even has a scoring chance for percentage He suffered from a low percentage of ice shooting, which may improve in the future
Now on to the price You won’t be able to get it for a bunch of Magic Beans just yet – some sort of package that includes Virtanen, Gaudette, and a second isn’t going to cut it. The Vancouver Canucks will have to offer one in return. Decent prospect, someone like Vasili Podkolzin and maybe a draft pick trade That alone wouldn’t be enough for a lot of people reading this, but it’s probably a place to start The top four potential right-shot defenders are increasingly difficult to acquire outside of their draft
But there’s another opportunity to try and acquire it, too: Seattle’s next expansion draft With Nashville likely to protect Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, and Mattias Ekholm, Dante Fabbro will neither be protected nor exempt since ‘he is a third year player Canucks have a free spot to protect a defenseman as Quinn Hughes is exempt Could you perhaps convince Nashville to trade Fabbro for a draft pick instead of losing him for nothing? If they decide to go through the forward seven, three defensemen and a goalie route, then it is possible.However, if they go for the eight-skater route, it is unlikely
The need for young defenders in the top four, right shot, is one of the dire needs of this team going forward Dante Fabbro would be a good addition to address that, but the cost might be a bit too high for the Canucks at this point in this team’s cycle. The only realistic hope is to try to take advantage of Nashville before the expansion plan
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