Duff: Robby Fabbri fits wherever he sits

Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri has impressed Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff with his ability to fit into the lineup in various roles and be presented with different responsibilities:

The latest opportunity for Robby Fabbri to display his value to the Detroit Red Wings was scuttled on Thursday. However, in this case, that was good news for the team.

Lucas Raymond is out of COVID-19 protocol and that means he’ll be able to take up his usual slot on the right wing of Detroit’s top forward line with captain Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi for Friday’s game against the Washington Capitals. Had Raymond not been good to go, Fabbri was the one who would’ve been going into his spot.

It would’ve marked the third time that Fabbri had been elevated to the top line. Previously, he’s filled in for Larkin (personal leave) and Bertuzzi (unvaccinated for COVID-19 and unable to play in Canada). That meant had the original plan come together, Fabbri would’ve found himself filling in for a third different player on the team’s top line.

“Fabbs feels comfortable playing all the positions,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “He’s played some center for us and feels comfortable there for us, and I’ve used him mid-game sometimes, even coming out of a penalty kill.

“Certainly when Larks wasn’t there I used him a little bit. He can play either wing. That’s certainly one of the things that makes him valuable.”


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