The Detroit Red Wings announced on Tuesday afternoon that they signed winger Robby Fabbri to a two-year contract extension. Fabbri was an upcoming restricted free agent. The deal carries him through the 2021-22 NHL campaign and costs the Red Wings $2.95 million per season.
The #RedWings today signed forward Robby Fabbri to a two-year contract extension. 📝
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 24, 2020
Robby Fabbri Extended by Detroit Red Wings
Fabbri presents himself as a great value option for the Red Wings as they progress with their rebuild. Between the Red Wings and St. Louis Blues this past season, Fabbri played in 61 games, scoring 15 goals, 17 assists, and 32 points. He received the most ice time per game of his career (16:09). In isolation, Fabbri wasn’t incredibly strong on the possession front with a 45.9 percent Corsi for, but a 1.8 percent relative Corsi for shows that the team was still positively impacted when he was on the ice.
Over the course of his four seasons in the NHL, Fabbri has 46 goals and 58 assists for 104 points in 216 games. In 30 games of playoff experience, the 24-year-old forward has five goals and 11 assists for 16 points.
What This Means for the Future
The Red Wings acquired Fabbri in a midseason trade from the Blues this year. After multiple serious injuries that largely derailed his development in St. Louis, both he and the team agreed he needed a fresh start on a team that would give him more opportunity.
Fabbri certainly found that in Detroit, finding playing time in the team’s top-six forward group and becoming one of their better offensive talents. The former 2014 first-round pick will continue to develop along with Detroit’s rebuild. An incredibly smart acquisition by general manager Steve Yzerman, Fabbri looks to be a core piece of this team’s forward group as the Red Wings inch back toward Stanley Cup contention.
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