The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Robby Fabbri to a two-year extension after the 2019-20 season when he was acquired via trade. The former first-round pick was a gift from the St. Louis Blues and perhaps one of the best moves that General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman has made.
Fabbri did not get to show out in 2020-21 after being relegated to the sideline or quarantine in the midst of an already shortened season, but when he did play, he was good. The Detroit Red Wings limped to the finish line once again this year but were better than prior years, so it is a start.
When the year was all said and done, Fabbri was only able to log just over half of it. Fabbri will be on the books for the upcoming 2021-22 season, where he should be able to accomplish some of the goals he may have set out to do so in 2020-21 before the pandemic ruined that.
The winger has been playing more as a centerman as well, becoming a more versatile forward for the organization. He is a clear top-six forward who is going to show that once again in the upcoming season.
Detroit Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri made the most of this 2020-21 season.
In the thirty games that Fabbri did play last year, he was good. Fabbri was able to produce 10 goals and add eight assists for 18 total points on the season.
He was a plus-three on a team that seemingly never scored and was scored on plenty.
Fabbri may not have the most exciting Corsi For (CF%) rankings, but given the smaller sample size in an already smaller season, I am less bought into it than other times. Analytics are to be taken with a grain of salt.
Fans should have a good idea of what Fabbri is capable of and what he can do. The shortened season was not easy for anyone, well, maybe Connor McDavid. Battling COVID-19 and finding himself on the injured reserve make things tough; Fabbri battled some adversity and still performed well on the ice.
He may not have been lighting up the scoresheet every game, but even the Red Wings best were not doing that. Fabbri still finished sixth on the team in points, even with his only 30 games played.
The 2020-21 season was a good example of Fabbri finding success after his change of scenery and battles with adversity. He has fit exceptionally well in Detroit, and the hope should be that this carries on into the 2021-22 season.
He is on the books for one more season, carrying a cap hit of $2.95 million and it would not be shocking to see him get another extension during the upcoming season.