NHL News & Notes: Fabbro, Oettinger, Farabee & More

In today’s NHL News & Notes, Dante Fabbro has signed with the Nashville Predators, Jake Oettinger has signed with the Dallas Stars, Joel Farabee has signed with the Philadelphia Flyers and Chad Krys has signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fabbro Signs Entry-Level Contract

Monday was a rough day for Boston University as they lost four high-profile players to the NHL. Still, the news is positive for the four NHL clubs who signed their draft picks to entry-level deals and even better for the players who get a chance to break into the professional environment.

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Dante Fabbro of Boston University and Jermey Davies of Northeastern University at the 2019 Beanpot. He would sign his entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators on Monday. (Jim Pierce/Northeastern Athletics)

The Predators would sign Fabbro, their 17th overall selection from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract Monday after the 20-year-old blueliner scored seven goals and a career-high 33 points in 38 games this season with the Terriers.

Fabbro has proven to be one of the best two-way defenders at the collegiate level and will work towards joining an already-stacked Predators’ blueline over the next few seasons.

Oettinger Signs Entry-Level Contract

The Terriers would also lose their goaltender as Oettinger would sign his entry-level deal in Dallas. The Stars took the 20-year-old netminder with the 26th selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and he’s excelled at the collegiate level across his three seasons in Boston.

Jake Oettinger, Dallas Stars
Jake Oettinger has signed his entry-level contract, Dallas Stars, 2017 NHL Entry Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound goalie would record a .926 save percentage and 2.45 goals-against average in his final NCAA season, compiling a 16-16-4 record. His best collegiate season came as a rookie when he’d go 21-11-3 with a 2.11 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, setting career-highs in every statistical category.

The Stars still have Ben Bishop under contract through the 2022-23 season and Anton Khudobin locked up until 2020-21. This should give Oettinger a chance to adapt and adjust in the AHL before making the full-time jump to the NHL.

He’ll join the Texas Stars on an amateur-tryout agreement for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

Farabee Signs Entry-Level Contract

The Flyers would get in on the action Monday as well as they’d sign Farabee, their 2018 first-round selection to an entry-level contract as well. Farabee dominated in his one season with the Terriers as he’d score 17 goals and 36 points in just 37 games.

He led the team in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (five) and tied for the team-lead with five power-play goals and 15 power-play points.

Joel Farabee Flyers
Joel Farabee has signed his entry-level contract, Philadelphia Flyers, 2018 NHL Draft, Dallas, TX, June 22, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

He was also named the 2018-19 Hockey East Rookie of the Year.

Krys Signs Entry-Level Contract

The Blackhawks would sign Krys, their 45th overall selection in 2016, to a three-year entry level contract after the 20-year-old spent three seasons as a member of the Terriers.

Friendship Four Payusov Krys
BU’s Chad Krys and UConn’s Alexander Payusov(Photo by William Cherry)

Krys was as consistent as it gets during his collegiate career and was relied upon as a steady two-way player who could move the puck and be relied upon in all three zones.

He’d also produce consistent points for the Terriers over his last two seasons with Boston University, scoring seven goals and 27 points in 36 games in 2017-18 followed by eight goals and 20 points in 30 games this past season.