Duff’s notebook: Breaking down Fabbri’s extension

Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff posted a subscriber-only article discussing Robby Fabbri’s extension with the Red Wings:

Fabbri was part of a Stanley Cup winner in St. Louis and he’s carrying on with that winning approach as a Red Wing.

“I think for a player to help you win long term, one he’s gotta be a winner of a person,” Blashill explained. “He’s gotta be committed to winning above everything else, and I think Robby’s that. Two, he’s gotta be the type of player that can win when it gets tough and hard and I think Robby can do that.

“Robby’s shown us that not only is he a guy that could help us over the last couple of years but can also help us win as we try to move up the standings.”

At 25, he fits right in with much of the veteran core forwards who figure to be around when the good times arrive again for the Red Wings. Larkin and Suter are also 25. Bertuzzi and Adam Erne are 26. It certainly wasn’t hurting Fabbri’s cause that neither of Detroit’s 2018 first-round draft picks – Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno – have proven yet that they can be consistent offensive producers at the NHL level.

It’s entirely possible that as the talent pool deepens in Detroit, Fabbri may slide down into a third-line role. Whatever the case, it’s clear now that Fabbri is going to part of the Red Wings rebuild over the long haul, and that prospect is exciting to him.

“What everyone brings every single night and every day at practice is what’s helping us grow and become a little more consistent,” Fabbri said. “We still got room for improvement, we all know that and what we got to work on but it’s fun coming to the rink every day.”

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