When Blues fans heard prominent forward Robby Fabbri was out for the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury, all hell broke loose.
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Fabbri had 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 total points on the season, helping his struggling team in the ‘points’ column. However, losing a talented forward can shake-up a team and detach certain dynamics that unify them night after night.
With Fabbri gone, the Blues have called-up Kenny Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi from their AHL affiliate in Chicago.
In Chicago, Kenny put on a show (I’m a member of the Chicago Wolves’ press).
Agostino lead the AHL with 18 goals and 42 assists, totaling 60 points in 48 games. His hard work and determination was visible while he was in Chicago, and he was able to bring his 'A' game every time he stepped onto the ice.
While some fans say Agostino is just your 'regular AHL player', that isn't true at all. Despite the 10 regular season games he played with the Calgary Flames, Kenny wasn't given a solid chance to prove his worth and show the league his true talents.
In Chicago, however, he was able to grow as a player and take a leading role with the Wolves and produce at an elite level. Most fans have their doubts with a player who only registered one goal and one assist in 10 NHL games.
St. Louis is running into a tough stretch in an important time of the year, but they have nothing to lose by putting in Agostino. With a 25-22-5 record, they're in need of someone like Agostino to produce and bring a fresh mentality into the locker room.
I think Blues fans will be more than happy to see the AHL's leading scorer on their team, especially if he plays a role in getting them out of this rut they're currently in.
Agostino deserves a spot on this roster. Hopefully he proves that tonight.