Penticton Vees(BCHL) defenseman and top NHL Draft prospect Dante Fabbro has decided to commit to Boston University:
Update: And from Fabbro himself:
Fabbro is a 1998-born defenseman who currently has 10 points in 8 regular season games with the Vees this season while serving as an assistant captain. He reportedly chose the Terriers over finalists Boston College, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Denver. He was the 8th overall selection by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL Bantam Draft in 2013, but opted to keep his NCAA options open. He was one of two NCAA-eligible players--along with North Dakota commit Tyson Jost--to skate for the gold medal-winning Team Canada at this past summer's Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
Fabbro was a standout at the Hlinka, which featured some of the best 17-year-old players in the world. Here's what we wrote about Fabbro after the tournament:
-Potential uber-recruits Dante Fabbro and Tyson Jost had strong tournaments for Canada. I was most impressed by Fabbro who looks like the complete package on defense. Everything was smooth, calm and poised. It will be interesting to see how Fabbro is judged by scouts next year when he returns to the BCHL. As of today, I think Jakob Chychrun is likely the top defenseman available in the draft with Fabbro and recent BU commit Chad Krys neck-and-neck depending on style preference for the second-best D in the Draft, with both being worthy of a top ten selection.
It's a bit scary to think of Fabbro and Krys potentially sharing a blue line next season for the Terriers. As it stands today, most outlets have Fabbro solidly within the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft with some ranking him inside the top ten.