Detroit Red Wings: Robby Fabbri stepping up in Tyler Bertuzzi’s absence

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The Detroit Red Wings are seeing one of their second line forwards, Robby Fabbri, step up and find ways to get on the scoresheet in the absence of one of their usual first-liners. Since returning from COVID-19 protocol, Fabbri has tapped into some scoring, some much-needed scoring for this team.

Currently, the Detroit Red Wings are missing out on Tyler Bertuzzi, who is out injured, and it has been Fabbri who has filled in on the scoresheet. Bertuzzi’s injury continues to linger, and it is expected that he may not return to the lineup until later this week if he does.

Bertuzzi was finding the back of the net a good amount on a team that fails to score a whole lot. He was leading the team in points at the time of his injury, and he still remains in the top five on the team, but Fabbri could have something to say about that if he keeps scoring.

Since returning to the ice, Fabbri has been on a tear, and it has been great for the Red Wings offense, which already struggles enough to manufacture goals. Hopefully, Fabbri can keep this up and be the player the Red Wings signed him to be for this year and next year.

The Detroit Red Wings have seen Robby Fabbri pick up the slack in Tyler Bertuzzi’s absence.

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So far in 2020-21, Fabbri has logged nine games where he has four goals and one assist for five total points. Since returning to the Red Wings from his COVID-19 protocol, Fabbri has collected four of his five points.

He has been able to kick things in gear and find a way to produce and help the Red Wings be a somewhat more competitive hockey team.

Fabbri signed a two-year contract this offseason, and the Red Wings are hoping he can be an anchor in the team’s top-six.

With Bertuzzi being out, a little more pressure falls on Fabbri, and so far, he has delivered in Bertuzzi’s absence.

If he can keep this up, then the odds are that Fabbri will be able to come away with some decent production from the 2020-21 season.

He currently has six points, which are just two points behind the top five in scoring on the Red Wings. Coincidentally, that is only two points behind Bertuzzi, meaning that Fabbri could very well be ahead of Bertuzzi by the time he returns if Fabbri continues to be productive in the top-six.

Now, I like Fabbri being in the winged-wheel uniform and was more than happy to have him around since the Jacob de La Rose trade with the St. Louis Blues. However, if he continues to produce, even with him being under contract next year, could Steve Yzerman consider moving him for the right price?

Personally, I’d love to see him here for this year for sure and maybe have this discussion down the line in 2021-22, but he was acquired for next to nothing, moving him for the right price could be the right move. That is simply something to ponder if Fabbri keeps tallying points for the Red Wings.

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For now, fans should sit back and hope Robby can continue putting up points for the Detroit Red Wings even once Tyler Bertuzzi returns to the lineup.