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:
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-