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Bertuzzi back in the eye of the Storm

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 11:16 a.m. under 2013-14 RWC Reports
Tyler Bertuzzi

Tyler Bertuzzi (Credit: OHL Images)

Most Canadian Hockey League followers predicted the Guelph Storm would still be in the hunt for the Memorial Cup in late April — but not many thought Tyler Bertuzzi would be playing a key role for them.

Bertuzzi, who missed 38 regular season games and two playoff games because of a head/neck injury and was once thought to be done for the season, is back and contributing for the Storm in the Ontario Hockey League semifinals after returning to the lineup on March 25.

The 19-year-old left-winger is sixth on the powerful offensive team in scoring and 14th in the OHL with eight goals and six assists for 14 points along with a plus-11 rating in 12 games.

It’s been an impressive comeback.

“When I think of how close he was to calling it a season … he’s been a key to our success throughout the first few playoff games,” Storm general manager Mike Kelly told Rogers TV.

Bertuzzi, who also missed time with the injury last season, flew to Detroit under the guidance of the Red Wings and worked closely with specialists at the University of Michigan. That helped him rehabilitate in time for the first round.

The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder now appears prepared to tone down his game. Drafted as an agitating pest in the mold of Andrew Shaw, Bertuzzi had 25 career fights prior to the injury but hasn’t dropped the gloves since returning.

That’s not a coincidence — Bertuzzi told the Sudbury Star his injury occurred during a fight on Dec. 8.

“It’s going to be limited,” Bertuzzi said of fighting. “My game (as an agitator) hasn’t changed, but I’m just showing more of my skill side now.”

The Storm lead Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters 3-1 in the OHL semifinals, with Game 5 set for Friday.

In the QMJHL, winger Anthony Mantha continues to lead the league in goal-scoring with 14 goals and seven assists for 21 points in 13 games. He and the Val-d’Or Foreurs have a 2-1 lead on the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL semifinals, although they blew a 5-1 lead on Tuesday night and lost 6-5 in overtime despite a Mantha hat trick. Game 4 is Wednesday. In the WHL, the Kelowna Rockets — featuring defenseman Mitchell Wheaton and forward Marek Tvrdon — trail the Portland Winterhawks 2-1 with Game 4 on Wednesday.

NOTES: The Grand Rapids Griffins finished AHL regular season with a 46-23-7- record and 99 points, second in the Midwest Division and tied for sixth overall. The Griffins face the Abbotsford Heat (43-25-8, 94 points) in the first round starting Friday … the Winger Teemu Pulkkinen (Grand Rapids, AHL) finished the season as the Griffins’ top scorer with 59 points, good for a share of 16th in the league. He was tied for fourth with 31 goals … Defenseman Adam Almquist (Grand Rapids, AHL) finished third among defensemen in scoring with 53 points … Right-winger Mitchell Callahan (Grand Rapids, AHL) is back skating after taking a Ryan Sproul slap shot to the mouth late in the season … Defenseman Mattias Backman joined Grand Rapids last week on his entry-level contract while Mattias Janmark signed an amateur tryout. Both Swedes appeared in two games and neither recorded a point … Left-winger Andreas Athanasiou joined the Griffins on his entry-level contract and had a goal and two assists in two games.

Sarah Lindenau contributed to this report.

SKATERS: REGULAR-SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Almquist, Adam Grand Rapids AHL PRO 73 4 49 53 56 +9 129
Callahan, Mitchell Grand Rapids AHL PRO 70 26 18 44 51 +23 194
Jurco, Tomas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 32 13 19 32 14 +10 91
Marchenko, Alexey Grand Rapids AHL PRO 49 3 15 18 14 +11 34
Sheahan, Riley Grand Rapids AHL PRO 31 8 10 18 12 -2 51
Sproul, Ryan Grand Rapids AHL PRO 72 11 21 32 49 0 155
Glendening, Luke Grand Rapids AHL PRO 18 5 7 12 18 +8 26
Jarnkrok, Calle Grand Rapids AHL PRO 57 13 23 36 14 +19 99
Pulkkinen, Teemu Grand Rapids AHL PRO 71 31 28 59 34 +18 201
Frk, Martin Grand Rapids AHL PRO 50 3 9 12 22 -12 45
Jensen, Nick Grand Rapids AHL PRO 45 0 9 9 8 +12 40
Tvrdon, Marek Grand Rapids AHL PRO 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
Ferraro, Landon Grand Rapids AHL PRO 70 15 16 31 52 -3 195
Aubry, Louis-Marc Grand Rapids AHL PRO 38 2 2 4 16 -1 48
Fournier, Gleason Grand Rapids AHL PRO 25 0 2 2 4 +4 19
Parkes, Trevor Grand Rapids AHL PRO 36 6 3 9 27 +5 51
Nestrasil, Andrej Grand Rapids AHL PRO 70 16 20 36 24 0 115
Ouellet, Xavier Grand Rapids AHL PRO 70 4 13 17 22 +3 92
Nedomlel, Richard Grand Rapids AHL PRO 3 0 0 0 2 -2 1
Campbell, Colin Grand Rapids AHL PRO 13 1 0 1 5 -2 18
Nastasiuk, Zach Grand Rapids AHL PRO 5 0 0 0 0 -2 6
Athanasiou, Andreas Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 1 2 3 0 0 4
Backman, Mattias Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 0 0 0 0 -1 1
Janmark, Mattias Grand Rapids AHL PRO 2 0 0 0 2 +1 3
Parkes, Trevor Toledo ECHL PRO 27 17 17 34 20 0 106
Frk, Martin Toledo ECHL PRO 15 5 8 13 10 -11 27
Nicastro, Max Toledo ECHL PRO 58 0 16 16 28 -18 112
Nedomlel, Richard Toledo ECHL PRO 60 8 10 18 150 -16 111
Tvrdon, Marek Toledo ECHL PRO 22 9 4 13 6 -8 59
Aubry, Louis-Marc Toledo ECHL PRO 18 7 7 14 10 -4 62
Jensen, Nick Toledo ECHL PRO 3 0 0 0 0 -2 4
Mantha, Anthony Val-d’Or QMJHL CHL 57 57 63 120 75 +34 286
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 57 19 12 31 75 -1 125
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 66 49 46 95 52 +25
Nastasiuk, Zach Owen Sound OHL CHL 62 23 28 51 26 -14
Bertuzzi, Tyler Guelph OHL CHL 29 10 25 35 49 +9
McNulty, Marc Prince George WHL CHL 67 17 25 42 115 -10
Wheaton, Mitchell Kelowna WHL CHL 57 7 21 28 38 +31
Tvrdon, Marek Kelowna WHL CHL 29 11 16 27 24 +8
Janmark, Mattias AIK SEL EUR 45 18 12 30 56 -6 99
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR 54 6 15 21 16 +25 68
Melen, Hampus Tingsryds SWE-J20 EUR-JR 11 0 5 5 14 -6 17
Bodin, Rasmus Linkoping SWE-J20 EUR-JR 14 0 2 2 2 -3 5
De Haas, James Clarkson ECAC NCAA 37 6 7 13 18 -12 49
Marshall, Ben Minnesota BIG-10 NCAA 39 3 15 18 56 +8 79
McKee, Mike W. Michigan BIG-10 NCAA 21 1 0 1 54 +1 11
Pope, David W. Kelowna BCHL USHL/JR-A 45 27 23 50 20

GOALIES: REGULAR SEASON REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 45 24 18 2 2 3.41 .906
Coreau, Jared Grand Rapids AHL 5 0 4 0 0 4.39 .873
Mrazek, Petr Grand Rapids AHL 32 22 9 1 3 2.10 .924
Coreau, Jared Toledo ECHL 19 1 12 5 0 4.10 .873
McCollum, Thomas Grand Rapids AHL 46 24 12 4 2 2.30 .922

SKATERS: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GP G A P PIM +/- SOG
Pope, David W. Kelowna BCHL USHL/JR. A 6 2 4 6 2
Backman, Mattias Linkoping SEL EUR-PRO 11 0 5 5 6 +4 16
Janmark, Mattias AIK SEL EUR-PRO 10 1 3 4 24 0 22
Mantha, Anthony Val-d’Or QMJHL CHL 13 14 7 21 23 +11 63
Hudon, Philippe Victoriaville QMJHL CHL 5 3 1 4 6 -1 13
Athanasiou, Andreas Barrie OHL CHL 11 3 9 12 2 +1
Nastasiuk, Zach Owen Sound OHL CHL 5 3 1 4 2 -4
Bertuzzi, Tyler Guelph OHL CHL 12 8 6 14 16 +11
Wheaton, Mitchell Kelowna WHL CHL 12 0 5 5 8 +5
Tvrdon, Marek Kelowna WHL CHL 12 5 7 12 12 +4

GOALIES: PLAYOFF REPORT

NAME TEAM LEAGUE GP W L O/S SO GAA SV%
Paterson, Jake Saginaw OHL 5 1 4 0 0 4.67 .889

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45 Comments
  1. Greg D. says:

    We agree to disagree then. But just to point out. I do not consider abs one of our top scorers. I designated him as such based on the stats themselves. Nyquist is the only one to break 20 goals, then tatar, alfredsson, datsyuk zetterberg, Franzen, helm, then abs. Those players were the best on our team and the reason for the comparison. Didnt want to compare Datsyuk and Zetterberg since they just came back and FranZen isn’t to their level, and helm was one of the few point getters who is actually producing. Honestly looking at the stats is quite depressing all around for what people have produced this year.

  2. Bob says:

    Sorry my brother was on the comp, that was from me

  3. Patrick says:

    The pick became a 2nd when we made the playoffs. I remember seeing that on an mlive article.

  4. Graham says:

    Ouellette in for Kindl. So Kindls future must be shady at best. Can’t imagine him coming back. I see huge changes coming to this wings team. Hopefully for the better.

    Tootoo, Cleary, Samuelsson + Bertuzzi all off the books. Maybe Franzen gone too?

    Kindl + Quincey gone as well?

  5. RomaGoth says:

    I still think it is too early to give up on Kindl. Another year or 2, he hasn’t even hit his prime yet, and the team around him hasn’t been exactly world-beaters either.

    @Bob – I agree with your last statement above, our numbers are depressing. Remember when we had multiple 100 point players on the roster? Seems like decades ago….

    @Patrick – Yeah that is what I was afraid of. I understand why Holland made the trade, but even without hindsight (Legwand has mostly looked awful), it clearly favored Nashville.

  6. Patrick says:

    annnd its over… been a good year folks… really wished the young guns stepped up in the playoffs… which ones are still eligible for the Grifs playoff run?

  7. Patrick says:

    oh yeah, and I too hope Franzen gets the ax this season…

  8. Patrick says:

    The goal total for anyone under 25 consists of Glendenings goal… man… struggle is real…

  9. StevieY says:

    Sheahan, Jurco, Glendenning and Ouelette are all going to Grand Rapids for a long playoff run. Good Bye to Cleary, Bertuzzi, Alfredsson Quincey, Gustavsson and Legwand. None of them will be missed on the ice. Permanent replacements will be as follows: Sheahan, Glendenning, Jurco, Ferraro or Callhan (not both)Mrazek and probably Almquist. There will possibly be some trades as well. In my books Franzen and Kindl are most likely to be traded although Franzen could also become a compliance buyout. No way we should pay him $4 million for each of the next 7 years. This should be a fun off-season. Holland’s job is on the line if he doesnt put together a championship team from this group. Athanasiou is playing great in Grand Rapids. Wonder if he has a chance to make the Wings next year. One never knows. Enjoy your summer, its time to start playing some golf, lol.

  10. Patrick says:

    I couldn’t agree more StevieY. Holland has to prove his paycheck. I mean that he is known as one of the best, well as debated recently in here, he has done a poor job in some aspects. My bet is that Mantha will be in Detroit next season as well as maybe Athinasiou. Both had an exceptional camp last season, and both have a chance. I believe that we could use the compliance of Franzen, a regular buyout on Weiss (would cost us a cap hit of 2.5mil). Extend Quincey for 3 years for a similar salary (3.75mil). After that, the next should be locking up DeKeyser, Tatar, and Sheahan to long term (4+ year) contracts. We should also try and get Stastny (although he will likely be re-signed), Matt Moulson, or Ryan Callahan. On D I think they should make a major run at Brooks Orpik or Andrej Meszaros. I believe that next year should look something like this (no UFA’s):

    Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Mantha
    Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist
    Abdelkader-Helm-Athinasiou (could you imagine that speed?)
    Miller-Andersson-Glendening

    Scratch-Callahan, Ferraro

    Kronwall-Quincey
    Ericsson-Smith
    DeKeyser-Kindl

    Scratch-Almquist or Marchenko (whichever they think would better benefit the team now)

    Howard
    Mrazek

  11. Graham says:

    I don’t believe glendenning is eligible to go back to GR. Jurco, DDK and Tatar will all sign bridge contracts…2 yrs/2ish mil salary. Why would you lock them all up now when you still don’t REALLY know what you’ve got….plus you’ve got so many prospects knocking on the door? We might have just lost….but, we’re not Edmonton.

  12. Graham says:

    Next year…..

    Zetterberg – Datsyuk – Abdelkader
    Tatar – Weiss – Nyquist
    Sheahan – Helm – Jurco
    Miller – Glendenning – Andersson

    Kronwall – Ericsson
    DeKeyser – Smith
    Quincey – Free Agent

    Howard
    Mrazek

    Amnesty Franzen. Buyout tootoo. I just don’t see Kindl coming back, not after being benched in the playoffs for a rookie. He could probably be traded with Franzen then you could amnesty tootoo. I don’t think mantha or athinasiou make the team out of camp. Pulkinnen will be the first call up…maybe Mantha skips him. If Alfie or Legwand come back that will put the squeeze on Callahan/Ferraro both of whom I just don’t think are future wings. They both were well seasoned in the minors and looked out of place during their call ups this year. If Quincey signs I’d like to see Lashoff disappear along with Kindl to make room for a top tied D man who comes in either via FA or trade. Let Almquist skate as your 7th D. Wouldn’t be surprised if Holland signs a goalie and keeps Mrazek down as #3 for one more year just to see what we have with Paterson/Coreau.

    Just my thoughts….

  13. Patrick says:

    I can see what your saying with Mrazek. I disagree with Almquist being the 7th to a point. My reason is that I can’t really see a 7th guy being a one dimension offensive Dman, and since Almquist is exactly that I don’t see him being the 7th. I like Marchenko in that spot personally. I doubt Ferraro gets a spot with the team. I think he pretty much played himself out of Detroit and considering his lack of call-ups I think he is pretty much done. I believe that if the get rid of Franzen, the first person to replace him would be Mantha, because they are similar size (6’3″/6’5″ and both are lax defensively but can score goals in bunches.

  14. Graham says:

    I’m thinking they’ll keep Almquist up to see what he can do at the nhl level and everyone else still is waiver free. I don’t think Callahan or Ferraro make the team. I’d be surprised to see Mantha make the jump. Only if he really impressed at training camp…you know how this org likes to do things. As far as the goalies go I think it’s risky to go in with Paterson/Coreau as your #3. Remember a couple years back when Macdonald had to play all those games. Both those guys are GREEN and McCollum technically isn’t signed by the wings.

  15. Patrick says:

    Officially Jurco, Sheahan, and Oullett are re-assigned… Glendening stayed.



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