St. Louis Blues forward Robby Fabbri.

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Fabbri Cleared To Return From Second Knee Surgery

Fabbri has missed most of past two seasons due to ligament tears.

July 03, 2018 - 2:17 pm

ST. LOUIS (NHL) - Robby Fabbri has been cleared to resume hockey-related activities, the St. Louis Blues announced Tuesday.

The 22-year-old restricted free agent forward did not play last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and needing surgery for a second time during training camp in September 2017. He previously tore the ligament Feb. 4, 2017 and had surgery Feb. 28.

"He's doing very well," general manager Doug Armstrong told the Blues website. "He is up in Toronto working very hard and time is going to tell on this one. It's very difficult, you feel for Robby. He was projecting to be such a good player and then these two injuries kept him out a year and a half. We want to make sure we're not putting him in a position to fail when he comes (to training camp). He'll come back in and be hoping for the best, but expecting a little bit of readjustment. But health-wise he's doing good."

Selected by St. Louis with the No. 21 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, Fabbri had 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists) in 72 games as a rookie in 2015-16, and had 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 51 games in 2016-17 prior to injuring his knee.

Armstrong also said forward Vladimir Tarasenko is expected to be cleared by the start of training camp in September after he had reconstructive surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder April 11.

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who had hip surgery in March, and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson, who had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee in April, also are expected to be ready for the start of training camp.