The Detroit Red Wings announced the signing of centre Robby Fabbri to a three-year, $12 million deal.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 14, 2021
Robby Fabbri Signs With Detroit
Fabbri joined the team in 2019-20 after a disappointing start to the year with the St. Louis Blues. After just one goal in nine games, the Blues moved him out for Jacob de La Rose. That had to be a little painful for St. Louis, as Fabbri was their first-round pick in 2014, 21st overall.
He had an excellent start to his NHL career, joining the Blues in 2015-16 and scoring 18 times with 37 points in 72 games. That kept up in the playoffs, where he scored four goals and 15 points in just 20 games. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a chance to live up to those numbers with a torn ACL ending his season in 2016-17.
He didn’t return until 2018-19 but was plagued by injuries. That season he managed just two goals and six points, but got one more in ten playoff games, earning a Stanley Cup ring. His injury history followed him to the Red Wings, but this season has gone well, not missing a single game so far.
What This Means
Fabbri has also spent time with Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond, on account of their normal partner Tyler Bertuzzi‘s… awkwardness. That renders both lines considerably less effective, as the Fabbri – Suter – Zadina combination has run at a 59% expected goals for so far. It’s Detroit’s best, and much needed for a team looking to challenge for their first playoff spot in six seasons.
When he’s healthy, Robby Fabbri is a solid, middle-six contributor. In his 110 games with Detroit, he’s scored 32 times and has 63 points. He’s got great hands for either passing or finishing and has been putting in goals on the power-play as well. If he can help the young Zadina find his game, so much the better.