Alex Newhook made his debut for the Avs on Wednesday, playing down the lineup. The Avs are deep enough that I don't expect he'll crack the regular playoff lineup without injury, but we'll see how this shakes out. It is always nice having a bevy of options to turn to, and Newhook tore up the AHL with five goals and nine points in eight games. The 16th overall pick from 2019 is a big part of their future, and it's just nice seeing him with the big club for now.
Robby Fabbri is possibly returning:
We got an update a little later that he is, in fact, done for the year, but it seems he'll keep practicing.
It also reminds everyone that Detroit's top-6 could be very good next year. Joe Veleno is in the fold, Tyler Bertuzzi (who actually had back surgery a few days ago) will be healthy, a full year of Jakub Vrana, and even Lucas Raymond may make an appearance. Take those four, add Dylan Larkin and Filip Zadina, and there could be something there.
Now, Veleno has to pan out and Zadina has to show something and Raymond has to hit his upside and on and on… But the pieces are there, at least, for a reasonable top-6. That hasn't been the case for five years.
A quick update on Vladimir Tarasenko: