Justin Abdelkader LW DET 5 Days

Abdelkader contributed an assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Predators.

Abdelkader finished February with only four points, but he's still already established new career-best marks in nearly every offensive category. He's locked into a top-six role with the Red Wings, a deployment that should continue to reward those who roster him in mid-sized or deeper leagues.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 28 Days

Abdelkader netted the game-winning goal in Thursday's 3-0 triumph over the Avalanche.

After a scoreless first period, Abdelkader gave the Red Wings the lead for good with a power-play tally on a feed from Henrik Zetterberg. The winger has taken on a surprisingly large role in the Detroit attack this season, despite the team's mostly good fortune on the health front. His 12 goals are already a career-best, and his next point will also establish another personal high for a season.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 1 Month

Abdelkader notched an assist and went plus-2 in Tuesday's victory over the Wild.

The 27-year-old continues to enjoy a surprising breakout season, as his 11 goals and 15 assists over 40 games put him only two points behind his career-best mark. So long as he retains a top-six role for the Red Wings, Abdelkader figures to maintain a decent amount of value for those in mid-sized or deeper formats.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 2 Months

Abdelkader ripped off another two points Wednesday, potting a goal and dishing out an assist in a 3-2 win over Calgary.

That's eight points in the last seven games for the 27-year-old, who is up to 23 points this season. Abdelkader has clearly enjoyed life beside Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk at different times this season, and is just five points away from obliterating his career high of 28 set last year.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 2 Months

Abdelkader scored his 10th goal of the year on a power play and dished out two helpers -- including one on Pavel Datsyuk's power-play winner -- in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Edmonton.

Abdelkader's stunning age-27 breakout continues. He's now matched his career high in goals -- he scored 10 in each of the last two seasons -- and is only seven off last year's career-high 28 points. He's on pace to easily clear 40 points if he stays healthy, especially if he keeps seeing power-play opportunities.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 2 Months

Abdelkader registered an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Sabres.

It was Abdelkader's first point in his four games since returning from a shoulder injury, but there's still a lot to like about him in mid-sized or deeper formats given his current standing on the Red Wings' depth chart. Abdelkader continues to man a top-line spot with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, topping over 19 minutes in each of the last two contests. Even a player like Abdelkader with a modest track record as a scorer warrants attention while he remains aligned with those two studs.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 3 Months

Abdelkader (shoulder) has been activated from injured reserve in advance of Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Abdelkader will return to the lineup after a seven-game absence due to the partially-separated shoulder. He's expected to slot into Gustav Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg on the Red Wings' top line.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 3 Months

Abdelkader (upper body) will play in Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Abdelkader skated on the top line at Tuesday's morning skate, so it appears he will jump right back into a key role for the Red Wings. He has tallied 15 points and 20 PIM in 24 games this season, so he could be worth a look if he is available in your league.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 3 Months

Abdelkader (upper body) practiced Monday and is on pace to play in Tuesday's game, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.

Abdelkader has been out the month of December with a shoulder injury, but appears ready to return. He brings his 15 points in 24 games back to the lineup.

Justin Abdelkader LW DET 3 Months

Abdelkader (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Abdelkader looked like he could be a possible option for Friday's game against the Panthers after shedding his non-contact jersey at Thursday's practice, but it sounds like the Red Wings are content to give him a little more recovery time. The IR placement won't affect his return date, but coach Mike Babcock said after Thursday's session that he didn't expect the winger back until next Tuesday, according to MLive.com's Ansar Khan.