This game was supposed to be all about the “Next Great One.” Edmonton’s 18-year old star Connor McDavid is being compared to Wayne Gretzky, but it was the St. Louis Blues 19-year old rookie who stole the spotlight in their season opening 3-1 win over the Oilers.
With the scored tied 1-1 midway through the third period, forward Robby Fabbri took a blind, behind-the-back pass from Jori Lehtera and ripped a shot past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.
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It was his first NHL goal, and it turned out to be a game-winner at Scottrade Center. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Fabbri (19 years, 259 days) is the youngest Blues player to score in his NHL debut.
“I can’t really remember, but it was a great feeling,” said Fabbri, the 21st pick of the 2014 NHL Draft who was plus-1 with three hits in 10:28 of ice time. “Getting in that huddle there with the guys felt great.
Vladimir Tarasenko and Troy Brouwer scored for the Blues, and Brian Elliott made 23 saves.