Allen doles out Red Wings forward grades

Detroit Hockey Now’s Kevin Allen offers first-month-of-the-season grades for the Red Wings’ forwards in a subscriber-only missive:

Robby Fabbri  B-

He’s second on the team with 36 shots on goal and always seems engaged. The Red Wings need more production out of this line, but they aren’t playing poorly. They are getting chances to score. It feels like they could start cashing in on their chances.

Pius Suter      C+

The Swiss forward gets a lower grade because my expectation for him is higher. In fairness, he has played at a higher level in the last three games. He has a pair of two-point games in that span. That gives him six points on the season. He is a very smart player who can create chances when the play doesn’t look dangerous. But he needs better results on the score sheet. His 46% faceoff percentage is hurting Detroit. He needs to improve.

Filip Zadina   B-

He has the highest Corsi on his line at 48.1%. Zadina is making more plays, but the production still isn’t there. He’s good with the puck in traffic. This is a crossroad season for Zadina. The Red Wings are hoping he starts to show that he can be a consistent scorer. Thus far, all we’ve seen is the potential.

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