Tyler Bertuzzi

by jameson on November 18, 2017

Tyler Bertuzzi - Photo Courtesy of GuelphStorm.com

Tyler Bertuzzi, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 195

Born: 1995-02-24

Hometown: Sudbury, Ontario

Drafted: 2013 by Detroit Red Wings, 58th overall



November 2017 - Much like Evgeny Svechnikov, Bertuzzi was expected to make a big push for Detroit’s opening night roster but unfortunately, like the young Russian, he was unable to do so due to injury. During the preseason, Bertuzzi was sidelined due to wrist inflammation and was later assigned to Grand Rapids to continue playing on October 30th. What separates the gritty forward from the skilled Russian though is that, since his assignment, Bertuzzi’s production has picked up from where he left off last season as he has recorded two goals and five points in six games for the Griffins. Whether it’s grinding in the bottom six or complementing more skilled players on a scoring line, Bertuzzi’s versatile combination of skill and tenacity would allow him to play in different spots within Detroit’s forward lines and therefore makes him a prime candidate to be recalled if injuries occur. Jameson Ewasiuk

June 2017 - Playing in his second full regular season in the AHL, Bertuzzi has become a much more reliable offensive threat in season play than the year prior. He has been an excellent playoff performer in the three Calder Cup playoffs that he has played in, totalling 38 points in 39 games played to date. Bertuzzi plays an aggressive, agitating style and brings a lot of energy to his team. He consistently battles along the boards and he provides a strong net front presence in the offensive zone. He can often find him in the middle of scrums or in the faces of opposing players after the whistle. His work ethic and hustle allows him to be an effective forechecker. Away from the puck, Bertuzzi is positionally smart, has good read/react abilities and has an active stick in the passing lanes. Bertuzzi  also has enough skill and offensive IQ to make plays happen in the opposing team's zone. His skating looks awkward at times but he still maneuvers around the ice efficiently. He has begun to play more disciplined and has cut down on the amount of penalties that he takes. With Steve Ott and Drew Miller likely not returning to Detroit this season and with Bertuzzi's list of intangibles, he could earn a spot on the roster as early as next season. Jameson Ewasiuk


November 2016 - Early into the season, the scrappy left wing has already been given his first opportunity to jump into the Red Wings roster. Due to a combination of Thomas Vanek’s injury and the extra roster spots being occupied by waiver eligible defenseman, the Wings were left with no viable replacement to fill a void in their top six and decided to call up the young Bertuzzi. His four points (2G,2A) in the last nine games fail in comparison to Anthony Mantha’s team leading seven goals, so clearly its not his offense contribution the Wings are looking for. Rather, the physical, aggressive presence he displayed throughout training camp and the same gritty style that GM Ken Holland has been trying to add to his lineup since the offseason. Projected on a line with Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin, he’ll definitely be given a chance to see the ice and make an impact in his debut against the Flyers. Joseph Highgate


September 2016 The chippy winger is quickly becoming one of the most notable Red Wings prospects, catching the eyes of many this summer throughout development camp, prospect tournament and now training camp. This being his third year at the Traverse City tournament, Bertuzzi has matured his high energy game, perfectly straddling the line with his gritty physical play. The 21 year old will be depended upon increasingly to make an impact for the Griffin’s in his second AHL campaign, and may possibly earn his first call up to the Wings at some point during the season. Very comparable to his uncle, the younger Bertuzzi plays the kind of  aggressive, in your face style that compliments top end skill and could be a key piece of one the of American Leagues biggest offensive juggernauts this season. Joseph Highgate


November 2015 Tyler Bertuzzi, just like the Grand Rapids Griffins is off to a porus start sitting at minus-10, one lousy assist and a two-game suspension for slew footing Toronto's Kasperi Kapanen. Bertuzzi has always been known to mix it up and the slew foot seem to be the boiling point for a frustrating start to the young season for the former second round pick.

Scoring has been scarce for the Red Wings AHL affiliate who currently sit dead last in both scoring and overall standings and Bertuzzi's production can be partly to blame for that. After an impressive training camp it's a bit of a mystery as to why production has dried up, but surely soon enough puck luck should return and Grand Rapids can hopefully salvage their season after a 2-8 start. Travis Watson


October 2015 Tyler Bertuzzi has made a seamless transition to the pro game as evidenced by his impressive debut for Grand Rapids in the playoffs last season. He seems to have brought that same energy to training camp this season ending the preseason with one goal and four assists for a point-per-game average. Not only that but the former Guelph Storm agitator did so with a plus- four rating against some veteran teams in Chicago and Pittsburgh. The kids came to play this year and even though his play didn't warrant an opening night roster spot, Bertuzzi has securely positioned himself in the battle for a call-up place. Still he will certainly be in competition for first dibs due to the immense depth and improved play from prospects Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou. The 2013 draft keeps looking better and better with each passing day with Bertuzzi being just another prospect to know and watch. Travis Watson


May 2015 An early exit from the OHL playoffs isn't always a bad thing, just ask Tyler Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi is currently plying his trade in Grand Rapids trying to prove that he is a prospect to know and own. He's been a difference maker and after his two assists in game one versus Rockford he now has five points in four playoff games. That's good enough for fourth in team scoring to date and that's quite the feat for someone who hasn't even been with the team for more than three weeks. His stock is climbing and you should take notice and look to invest if your league allows you to stash a couple players. Travis Watson


March 2015 The Guelph Storm didn't come to play in game one of the 2015 OHL playoffs getting beatdown by Owen Sound 6-1. Game two made up for what game one lacked with Guelph coming out on top in a 5-4OT thriller. Sparkplug Tyler Bertuzzi led the way with a hat-trick carrying on his momentum from the regular season and proving his status as a big game player. Travis Watson


March 2015 Tyler Bertuzzi was a man on mission this season out to prove that last years blistering run in the playoffs and Memorial Cup were no fluke. He more than squashed those naysayers after a sizzling two month stretch where the red hot Bertuzzi piled up 40 points from January-March without the services of star linemate Robbie Fabbri. All the more impressive is the fact he was able to suit up for every single game for the Storm this season for the first time. Couple that stat with his 98 points regestered this season which is better than his three previous season (playoffs included) combined (98 versus 93) and you realize why the 2013 second round pick is starting to get more attention. Guelph rewarded Bertuzzi's effort this season naming him their nomination for the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL's Most Valuable Player. He's going to be in tough up against kid prodigee, Connor McDavid, Mr. 2.5 points per game and likely number one pick in the upcoming 2015 NHL entry draft, but still a sign of respect and gratitude for his own remarkable season. Poolies that enjoy multi-category bonuses need to look no further than this Sudbury born and raised stud. Travis Watson


October 2014 – The Detroit Red Wings have signed Tyler Bertuzzi to a three-year entry-level contract. The gritty forward was recently named an alternate captain for the 2015 season and he's rewarded the Storm by storming out of the gates with 13 points in 10 games played. Bertuzzi has continued to produce and proven that last year was no fluke. Travis Watson


October 2014 – Guelph forward Tyler Bertuzzi has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series and will compete the November 13th game in Peterborough. With his gritty yet skilled style of play, look for Hockey Canada to take a long look at Bertuzzi for their upcoming 2015 U20 WJC roster, especially considering his big-game experience after winning the 2014 OHL Championship. Brendan Ross


September 2014 As expected Bertuzzi was reassigned to his junior club, the Guelph Storm of the OHL. Bertuzzi was an integral piece to the defending OHL champions a season ago and will be a welcomed addition returning into the mix. He did suit up for Detroit's prospect team in the Traverse City tournament where he tied for the team lead with 5 points through 4 games played. When Bertuzzi is on the ice there's never a dull moment as he's constantly buzzing around the ice and agitating opposing players, coaches and fans. This style has worked for him and doesn't seem to be going anywhere especially after coming off a season where he was over a point-per-game player and deservingly then got invited to Team Canada's Summer World Junior camp. As long as he can stay healthy he brings another dimension and could very well end up making the World Junior team and help solidify himself as one of Detroit's top prospects. Travis Watson


September 2014 – Tyler Bertuzzi and Jake Virtanen were both named to Team Canada's National Team Summer Development camp roster but were the only ones unable to play due to illness(Bertuzzi) and injury(Virtanen). Both players can earn there way on the team with strong starts to the season but first order of business will be getting back to good health. Travis Watson


September 2014- The 2013-14 season was a bit of a whirlwind for the egotistic Tyler Bertuzzi. He began the year with over a point-per-game registering 35 in just 29 games player albeit only nine goals before missing the second half of the regular season due to concussion  like symptoms. However, the rest seemed to do Bertuzzi quite well as he came back in the playoffs to score 10 goals and 17 points in 18 games played on route to the OHL Championship and a place in the Memorial Cup. The 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup is where Bertuzzi came out flying like the rest of his teamates as the Storm shellacked everyone in group play with Bertuzzi in line for tournament MVP honours with his five tallies through three games. The fun stopped there though as Guelph got caught standing still and took the foot off the pedal while the Edmonton Oil Kings stomped on the gas and took the play to Guelph on route to their first championship title in the modern era. For lil' Bert though it was a breakthrough performance that helped silence the doubters who had thought he was a bit of a reach taken by Detroit in the second round. He plays the game at a high level with an edge to him that is much needed in Detroit but as seen in the Memorial Cup final he can be easily taken off his game when provoked and sucked in by opposing players. He's still young and has plenty of time to prove the doubters wrong again and because of that makes for an exciting player to watch how he carries his play into this season. Travis Watson


May 2014 - An important member of Guelph's OHL Championship squad, Bertuzzi has hit full stride at the 2014 CHL Memorial Cup as his Guelph Storm went undefeated in round robin play (3-0). Bertuzzi's ability to balance his agitating style of play with an underrated offensive skill set has been remarkable. Often irritating the opposition in one zone before heading down ice to unleash a deceptive wrister, Bertuzzi has made an impact on every shift. He has shown a flair for stepping up in big games and it appears he could eventually take on a role similar to Brad Marchand in Boston. Brendan Ross


November 2013- Tyler Bertuzzi was Detroit’s second selection in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry draft and 58th pick overall. Tyler is the nephew of current Red Wings’ power forward Todd Bertuzzi and the way he pesters opponents you can sure see the connection. Tyler is a gritty winger currently playing for the Guelph Storm where he has made big strides in comparison to last season.  Bertuzzi has already amassed 28 points (career high) in only 21 games played and has seemed to get himself into a nice groove with his current five game point streak. One big change I have noticed this season is he is showing more consistency from game to game and is being rewarded for his efforts. No longer are the days of sitting up in the press box and observing, now Bertuzzi is the guy forcing others to observe him. This was a selection at the time that many thought was a reach and I think now people and even Tyler himself are starting to see the potential that made him worthy of a second round pick. Bertuzzi is a great example of one of those players that you love to have on your team but hate to play against. He is one of those ultimate pests but also someone who is a gamer and comes to play. Travis Watson



Fantasy Outlook: B

Versatile pest type winger that plays with energy and physicality but has the intangibles to slot into different lines or roles.



Bertuzzi is never afraid to back down even if it’s amongst a possible future teammate, evidence here:



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