Coming out of midget Freddy Cabana had developed a reputation as a dressing room melanoma, and subsequently dropped in the Q league draft, where he was selected in the third round. Cabana has since beaten this poor reputation and even wore an “A” with Team Canada’s at the Under-18 World Cup in Minsk. He had a stellar tournament, producing 5 points in 7 games equal to top prospects Ryan Garlock and Kyle Chipchura. Cabana was the only Q league player on Team Canada.
2005-06: One of the most improved players in the Flyers organization, Cabana has essentially gone from being a speedy little guy on the Halifax Mooseheads’ third line to a two-way force and prime agitator on one of the top two lines over the past year.
While not the top junior scorer that some predicted he would be at this stage of his CHL career, Cabana has developed into a solid two-way performer and an outstanding penalty killer for the Mooseheads. He finished second on the team in shorthanded goals (4) and fifth in scoring overall, with 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists), 85 PIMs and a -9 rating in 68 games.
2006-07: Cabana acquitted himself nicely as a 20-year-old rookie with the Phantoms this season. As the team’s youngest player, he has appeared mainly in a checking line/penalty-killing role for first-year head coach Kjell Samuelson, but has also received spot duty on scoring lines over the course of the second half of the schedule. He recorded 19 points (four goals, 15 assists), had a minus-six rating and ranked seventh on the team with 78 PIMs in 61 games overall.
Al Alven contributed to this profile
When involved in the game Cabana uses his speed to win races to the puck, darting around like a water-bug. He is also willing to fight through checks, and is not afraid to go into the trenches or muck it up along the boards despite his limited size. As such he will score in the high traffic areas. He is a tenacious checker and has served as an effective penalty killer.