When Dan Marr was absent from the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game meet and greets on Tuesday evening in Vancouver, it was certainly for good reason. The amicable Director of NHL Central Scouting was busying himself a few miles away in Surrey at the annual CJHL Prospects Game.
With the two games being played in close proximity just a couple of nights apart, a real good opportunity was presented for NHL scouts to view approximately 80 players competing in age class events.
For Marr’s part, he was able to pay special attention to a couple of players in particular, Penticton Vees teammates Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost. Both have been instrumental in the Vees dominating run through the BCHL so far this season, chipping in to help the squad compile a 39-6-0-1 record. The Vees are 13 points clear of the next best team in the league, the Nanaimo Clippers.
Fabbro is from Coquitlam which, like Surrey, is a community not far from Vancouver on British Columbia’s lower mainland. At 6’1” and 190 pounds, the right-handed shooting defenseman has scored 10 goals and added 38 assists in 33 games this season, confirming his offensive upside.
Fabbro is set to move on to Boston University after his junior hockey days come to an end. He was ranked as an “A” player to watch when NHL Central Scouting produced its list in November. When CSS announced its midterm rankings, Fabbro was still prominent, ranked 17th overall among North American skaters.
Jost is from Kelowna in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Try as they might, the Everett Silvertips of the WHL, the team that selected him seventh overall at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, could not coax the 6’, 190-pound forward to play major junior. (Coincidentally, it was the Silvertips that also drafted Auston Matthews at the 2012 edition.) Instead, Jost has parlayed his two seasons in Penticton into a scholarship from the University of North Dakota. He is the 15th-ranked North American skater in the CSS midterm rankings.
With 28 goals and 35 assists in 36 games this season, Jost is second in league scoring despite playing fewer games than most of the top 10 scorers in the BCHL. He has been away from the Vees at times, playing in the World Junior A Challenge where he and Fabbro collected gold medals with Canada West.
Hockey’s Future spoke exclusively with Marr in Vancouver, a brief chat about the CJHL, the likelihood of a WHL player cracking the top 10 at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, and the level of preparation current day prospects undertake to reach their developmental goals.
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