Red Wings forwards: Who's back, who's not, who's on the bubble

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A look at what Detroit's roster up front might look like in 2020-21.
(First in a three-part series projecting and analyzing the Detroit Red Wings' 2020-21 roster by position. Today: forwards)

The 2020-21 Detroit Red Wings could feature a high-end, high draft pick and a new, skilled veteran free agent.

But the lowest-scoring team in the NHL will need more offense from largely the same group of forwards.

It will require growth from within from the likes of Filip Zadina, help from Grand Rapids from the likes of Evgeny Svechnikov and Michael Rasmussen and better health, particularly from Anthony Mantha.

One of the keys is forming a more reliable second line to complement a formidable top line of Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi and Mantha.

The Red Wings likely are done for this season since the NHL appears inclined to start with an expanded playoffs if play resumes following the coronavirus hiatus. So here is a projected look at next season's forwards:

Who's back

Tyler Bertuzzi: He has established himself with back-to-back 21-goal seasons and provides a blue-collar element to the top line.

Adam Erne: The club expected a little more offense and physicality from this bottom-six winger (two goals, five points in 56 games), but he'll likely be re-signed and get another opportunity.

Robby Fabbri: Skilled winger who can also play center resurrected his career after arriving from St. Louis with 14 goals and 31 points in 52 games as a Red Wing.

Valtteri Filppula: Offense dipped (from 17 goals to six) and he wasn't as strong defensively (minus-42) after being signed as the second-line center. He'll have one more season before a younger player is moved to that slot.

Luke Glendening: Took a step back, like most of the team, but still is valued for his checking, hard work and leadership. He will…
Ansar Khan | akhan1@mlive.com
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