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How The Wings Can Improve

10/13/2021 at 6:04am EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

...there are other ways for this team to take the next step in this rebuild. Here are five of them:

Bounce-back seasons from Larkin, Bertuzzi

The team needs its top players, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi, to return to form. They work well together, so a full season – or close to it -- on the same line should benefit both. Larkin had only nine goals and 23 points in 44 games, his season shortened due to a neck injury. Bertuzzi got off to a hot start with five goals and seven points in nine games before being shelved by a back injury that eventually required surgery. Can he quickly get back to playing his abrasive game? He will miss nine games in Canada due to his refusal to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

A reliable second scoring line

Pius Suter could solidify the troublesome second-line center spot. He collected 14 goals and 27 points in 55 games as a 24-year-old rookie with Chicago last season. He will be paired, at least initially, with his former junior teammate Robby Fabbri. Fabbri is another player who missed time last season due to illness (COVID-19) and injury (concussion), but produced when healthy (10 goals, 18 points in 30 games). He has 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games over parts of two seasons in Detroit, where he has resurrected a career plagued by knee injuries.

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