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Blues have ‘options’ next season -- including using Fabbri at center

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KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 05: Robby Fabbri #15 of the St. Louis Blues watches from the bench during the preseason game against Washington Capitals at Sprint Center on October 5, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Robby Fabbri had a strong rookie season with the St. Louis Blues, but his sophomore campaign had its obstacles.

He was a healthy scratch, and, as a result, asked by Ken Hitchcock to play with more “tenacity.”

He was then injured, his season ending in February. Good news: He’s back skating and on track to be ready for training camp.

According to numerous reports, the Blues have different plans for Fabbri when camp opens. St. Louis, a team that added Brayden Schenn at center with a big draft-day trade, will give Fabbri a look up the middle, per reports in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

“We have options here and we’re going to use the time in training camp to try and do things,” head coach Mike Yeo told the Dispatch. “If something works off the bat, then we might give it a little bit more time. But we’re also willing, either through the course of a game or game to game, to mix and match.”

Fabbri, taken 21st overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, has experience playing both the wing and up the middle.

“I’ve played center my whole life, so I’ll be comfortable,” Fabbri told the Dispatch earlier this summer.

“The last year and a half, getting that confidence helped me with my decision. I’d like to think speed is kind of part of my game and I can utilize it pretty well playing center. I’m going in with the mindset that it is going to work and then if it doesn’t, it doesn’t and we go forward. But I’m pretty confident going into it.”