How Does Robby Fabbri Fit With the Red Wings?

Robby Fabbri of the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Robby Fabbri of the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Red Wings forward, Robby Fabbri, has been apart of the Red Wings organization for the last couple years. After his career started with the St. Louis Blues, he later was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Jacob de la Rose.

Since that point, Fabbri has been really been trying to find his footing on the team. But, with injuries and other organizational problems, his ability to develop and grow into the player we thought he’d be- well, we overestimated his true talent I suppose.

Fabbri, who is one of the more “conditioned” players on the Red Wings team has struggled majorly with inconsistences when he is actaully healthy and on the ice. Now, that problem should be the one they try to solve because he has the ability to be such a good player, but when he plays- you have no idea what to expect from him. Knowing what I just said, it raises the question:

Detroit Red Wings forward, Robby Fabbri tore his ACL this past season making him miss the final month. When he returns next season, does he have a spot on this team? Or should they try finding a trade partner for him?

In my opininion, consistency means everything in this league. You see so many players around the league trying to find their place by displaying their strengths for the coaches. However, the minute they are asked to do something they aren’t good at, their weaknesses shine over their strengths leaving them as bottom line players. In this instance, that isn’t good.

Robby Fabbri, although one of the best skaters on this Red Wings team, is one of the worst defensive forwards we have. He has no defensive awareness or IQ that makes his line, well, not great on the +/- chart. Furthermore, I feel that is a big part to the reason the Blues were willing to deal him to us for de la Rose. So, where does he fit?

Robby Fabbri is more than likely going to be starting the season on the third-line. In my opinion that is his spot to start the year. However, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him on the fourth-line and ask him to be a grinder. His speed is dangerous and if he can become more aggreisve on the boards, he could make for a really good quick shift, hard checking, player.

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Personally, I’d like to see him amount to more because I’ve always been a huge fan of his potential. However, it seems like he has become the player he is and what you see is what you get. So, his stint with the Red Wings could be coming to a close very soon. I dont foresee him being an impact player for years to come and that’s where this organization is heading.