Tyler Bertuzzi wasn’t drafted for his point-production, but he’s doing plenty of it this season.
With a one-goal, four-assist showing last Friday against the Kitchener Rangers, the Guelph Storm left-winger upped his numbers this season to 21 points in 16 games, tied for 25th in the Ontario Hockey League.
“It’s good to get the confidence up with five points,” Bertuzzi told GuelphStorm.com after his big game. “Me and Fabbs (Robby Fabbri), we had some chemistry, and it was working good for us.”
The Red Wings drafted Bertuzzi high relative to his Central Scouting ranking of 207th among North Americans, taking him in the second round, 58th overall, and comparing him to Chicago Blackhawks agitator Andrew Shaw.
“Bertuzzi is that type of player where he’s in your face and plays hard every shift,” Red Wings scout Jeff Finley said at the time. “He’s an agitator but he’ll back it up. He handles himself very well but just brings it hard every time.”
The 6-foot 178-pounder is just one point away from matching his 2012-13 point total of 22, recorded in an injury-shortened 43-game campaign. Overall this season he has five goals and 16 assists along with 32 penalty minutes and two fighting majors.
Bertuzzi’s strong play — tied for fifth in team scoring — has helped the Storm to a 10-game winning streak and a 15-3 overall record, ranked second in the country as of last week.
“We want teams gunning for us,” Bertuzzi said.
NOTES: Winger Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or, QMJHL) was named his league’s first star of the month for October courtesy of his league-leading 43 points in 17 games. He has a 10-point cushion atop the scoring race and will also represent the QMJHL in the Subway Super Series … Center/winger Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound, OHL) signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings. Nastasiuk will also repeesent the OHL in the Subway Super Series … Defenseman Adam Almquist got the call to Detroit this week to replace injured Brendan Smith and played 15:51 and was a minus-2 his NHL debut against Winnipeg on Monday. He received 2:28 of ice time on the power play. “He has to fall in love with the gym — and eating,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit News. “The challenge is there for him. He has a lot of talent and he can move the puck.” Babcock compared Almquist to Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom … Goaltender Jake Paterson (Saginaw, OHL) will be part of Team OHL in the Subway Super Series. He’s looking to win a job on Canada’s world junior team for the second year in a row … Goaltender Petr Mrazek got high praise from Babcock after shutting out the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. “He’s a kid who thinks he’s here to take (Jimmy) Howard’s job and not (Jonas) Gustavsson’s job,” Babcock told MLive.com. “He’s just got that kind of attitude.” … Right-winger Martin Frk was sent to ECHL’s Toledo, where he’ll need to work on his all-around game and get his confidence up. Forward Trevor Parkes and defenseman Max Nicastro are also with Toledo.
Sarah Lindenau contributed to this report.
SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT
|Almquist, Adam||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||10||0||7||7||12||-1||23|
|Callahan, Mitchell||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||3||3||6||4||+6||23|
|Jurco, Tomas||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||5||7||12||2||+1||28|
|Marchenko, Alexey||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||1||4||5||2||+5||8|
|Sheahan, Riley||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||8||2||1||3||8||+1||15|
|Sproul, Ryan||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||4||3||7||4||+3||23|
|Glendening, Luke||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||7||2||3||5||10||+6||8|
|Jarnkrok, Calle||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||3||2||5||2||+3||21|
|Pulkkinen, Teemu||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||4||5||9||8||+7||28|
|Frk, Martin||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||6||0||0||0||6||-3||3|
|Tvrdon, Marek||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||0||0||3|
|Ferraro, Landon||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||8||3||3||6||6||+1||27|
|Aubry, Louis-Marc||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||5||0||1|
|Fournier, Gleason||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||1||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Nestrasil, Andrej||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||0||1||1||8||+1||12|
|Ouellet, Xavier||Grand Rapids||AHL||PRO||11||0||2||2||2||+7||16|
|Nastasiuk, Zach||Owen Sound||OHL||CHL||18||8||10||18||8||-9||–|
|McNulty, Marc||Prince George||WHL||CHL||19||3||5||8||40||-4||–|
|De Haas, James||Clarkson||ECAC||NCAA||10||1||2||3||8||0||14|
|McKee, Mike||W. Michigan||BIG-10||NCAA||6||0||0||0||25||-1||0|
|Pope, David||W. Kelowna||USHL/JR-A||JR-A||10||6||4||10||2||–||–|
GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT
|Coreau, Jared||Grand Rapids||AHL||1||0||1||0||0||3.82||.846|
|Mrazek, Petr||Grand Rapids||AHL||5||2||2||1||0||3.13||.891|