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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings aren’t likely to contend for the postseason, trailing the Boston Bruins, who have four games in hand, by five points for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. They are still in the rebuild phase, but they have taken another step.

Here are their midseason grades, based on performance vs. expectations:

Forwards
Tyler Bertuzzi: A

GP: 32 G: 18 A: 14 PT: 32

He hasn’t missed a beat after missing all but nine games the previous season due to a back injury that required surgery. He’s playing with the same energy and tenacity he has throughout his career and is on pace for his most productive season while posting a team-best plus-14 rating.

Adam Erne: C

GP: 39 G: 3 A: 6 PT: 9

He has taken a step back offensively after tying for the team lead with a career-high 11 goals. Part of the problem is he has no points on the power play, where he isn’t a regular but has logged 44 minutes. He leads the team in hits on a third line that has provided energy at times.

Robby Fabbri: B-

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d ca's avatar

Rasmussen has established himself as the third-line center.

Huh? He looks over-matched at centre every time I see him. If anything, Pius Suter has shown he can be the 3rd line centre the team needs.

Seider’s emergence has enabled Hronek to play on the second pair, where he is better suited,& The decision to protect Lindstrom instead of 2016 first-round pick Dennis Cholowski in the expansion draft is paying dividends.

Absolutely agree on these points.

Coach Jeff Blashill and staff

Well if that isn’t the biggest cop-out I’ve seen on here in a while….defensively they are playing worse. The PP & PK are awful (15%—besting in the conference only lowly Montreal & 79.1% besting only 5 teams in the conference)...and that deserves a B? No way!

Posted by d ca on 01/20/22 at 07:48 AM ET

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Posted by d ca on 01/20/22 at 06:48 AM ET

Most of these grades are way off. Writer allowed his bias to show through.

Our D is one letter grade worse for everyone except Seider.

And most of the forwards need to be downgraded as well 2-4 positions. (IE from an A to B-)

Fabbri is not a B-, he’s a C on his best days.

Posted by retrospecd on 01/21/22 at 10:54 AM ET

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