Q&A with Branislav Fabry

By Tomas Egry

Branislav Fabry comes from the strong prospect group born in Bratislava,<br />Slovakia in 1985

Fabry comes from the strong prospect group born in
Bratislava, Slovakia in 1985. Along with players like Habs prospect Jaroslav Halak and Rangers prospect Ivan Dornic, Fabry
was drafted this summer in
Nashville. Fabry
was the Buffalo Sabres second pick, 65th overall. He
is a double Slovak champion in midget league and a silver medalist from U18
World Championship in 2003. His strong performance at U18 World Championship
raised his stock before the draft. This is the main reason why Sabres picked him so high, in spite of the fact that he
wasn’t highly rated by any scouting service. This season he started to play
regularly in Slovak Extraleague which is top league
Slovakia. Playing mostly in checking line of
Slovak Champion HC Slovan Bratislava he scored 1 goal
and added 6 assists in 39 games. Fabry is a long term
prospect who has potential to become solid NHL player. He recently spoke to Hockey’s Future.


HF: Do you have any NHL heroes?

BF: Well, I
like the play of Ilya Kovalchuk
or Eric Lindros.


HF: Who do you model your game

BF: It’s
hard to say, but I don’t model my game after any specific player. I just have
my own style.


HF: What do you view as the
strengths of your game?

BF: My
strengths are physical play, skating, grittiness, toughness and shooting.


HF: What was the most important
thing you took out of attending Sabres camp this

BF: The
most important thing I took out of Sabres camp was
sturdiness, because it was very difficult to succeed among so many players.


HF: What is the most critical aspect
of your game that needs to be improved in order to make the jump to the pros?

BF: There
is always something to improve, I can improve every
aspect of my game. It is hard to say ‘I need to improve this aspect’. I need to
improve myself constantly to make the jump to the pros.


HF: How did you feel when you heard
your name called at the NHL Draft?

BF: When I
heard my name at NHL Draft it was incredible feeling. My first, big childhood
dreams came true.


HF: What is your view of the Buffalo organization?

BF: They
have a young team, with no stars, so there is a bigger chance to play NHL in
the team like that.


HF: When do you expect yourself to
be ready to make the jump to
North America?

expect myself to be ready in two years to make a jump to
North America.


HF: How long does your current
contract run for?

BF: My
current contract runs for one more year.


HF: How did you first become
interested in hockey?

BF: My
father brought me to hockey and I really appreciate it.


HF: Have you ever been described as
a young Miro Satan?

haven’t met anyone who would compare me to Miro
Satan, but I had a chance to play with him one match and we had a great