I never ever thought Fabbri would impress like he did. I liked him, but like you, thought he would be 3 years away. Honestly, I was thinking Barbashev would be the guy that would force himself onto the team at some point this season. You just can't ignore how highly Hitch spoke of him in camp, though. Hitchcock clearly loved the kid and he's absolutely destroying the OHL for Guelph right now. Granted, that's a high scoring league but when combined with the staff's appreciation for his game, you have to wonder. He'll turn 20 midway through next season which is about the same age as Tarasenko, Schwartz and even Perron when they got the call. It'll all come down to whether or not they think he's gotten strong enough at his size to last a full season, IMO.
And remember - you don't have to expect much from him; we're only asking him to replace Lindstrom. Jaskin is a nice replacement for Berglund and the team's down a scoring forward as it is right now so replacing Ott with Rattie would allow us to actually role 3 lines instead of wasting either Sastny or Oshie on a line with scrubs like Berglund, Ott and Porter. Hell, if we're just looking to replace Berglund, a big guy with some speed like Yannick Villeaux could manage that and I don't think anyone expects him to be a world beater.
I'll never understand the Berglund or Ott deals. They were just silly from their inception.