By Frank Seravalli, TSN.ca
ST. LOUIS – When the St. Louis Blues first collapsed in the opening round of the playoffs three years ago, Robby Fabbri and Colton Parayko were barely a twinkle in the eye of general manager Doug Armstrong.
Fabbri was a 17-year-old rookie on the Guelph Storm. Parayko was just beginning to turn heads as a late-blooming freshman at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Parayko had already been drafted by the Blues, but was far from a sure bet as a third-round pick. Fabbri was still an entire calendar year away from landing in Armstrong’s lap with the 21st pick overall in 2014.
Three years later, both Fabbri and Parayko played integral roles as rookies in pushing an established Blues nucleus over the hump in Game 7 against Chicago on Monday night. They made a significant dent on a St. Louis roster that has nine players remaining from three years ago.
We’ve seen a lot of things over the last five or six years,” defenceman Alex Pietrangelo said. “We’ve all grown together into this organization. We feel pretty good right now.”
Fabbri, 20, set up Troy Brouwer for the series-winning goal.