Detroit Red Wings’ season preview: Will the Yzerplan deliver in 2023?

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Jan 26, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Detroit Red Wings center Robby Fabbri (14) against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports /

Can Detroit Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri stay healthy?

The former first-round pick has missed significant time in his NHL career and missed roughly 50% of his games in the last two seasons.  That being said, Fabbri is capable of netting 25 goals and 30 assists, being a solid top-9 player.

Will Micheal Rasmussen continue to himself as an upper-tier power forward? The Red Wings saw “Raz” take off last year. He tallied career highs despite playing in only 56 games. His 200-foot play and physical play gave him space to show he is a threat in the O-zone. His size gives him an advantage in matching up against the opponent’s offensive threats.

Can Joe Veleno take the next step? Joe has the ability to be a breakthrough player with his speed and offensive skills. He sometimes is a step behind in the defensive zone and puts himself in areas to utilize his capabilities. He needs to start the year hot to earn his minutes. The train is going to leave the station, with or without him.

The Detroit Red Wings will not have an easy take at hand, even with the Yzerplan as their roadmap to success. Let’s see how the team will be fair in each division.