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TYLER BERTUZZI
Tyler Bertuzzi
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Vitals: 6’1” / 178 lbs.
Birthdate: February 24, 1995
Hometown: Sudbury, Ontario
Acquired: Detroit’s third choice (58th overall) in the 2013 draft
CSS Ranking: 207th North American Skater (2013)
Contract: None (must sign by June 1, 2013)
RWC Says: Agitating Winger

STORIES

AWARDS
None Listed

HISTORY
2011-12
  • Entered OHL with Guelph as a fourth round (78th overall) pick.
  • Played regularly for Guelph (61-6-11-17, 117 PIMs, plus-2).
  • Dropped the gloves 15 times according to hockeyfights.com.
2012-13
  • Returned to Guelph for second OHL season.
  • Improved marginally offensively over his rookie year (43-13-9-22).
  • Missed significant time to neck and shoulder injuries.
  • Cut his fighting majors from 15 in 2011-12 to three, per hockeyfights.com.
  • Didn’t record a point in five playoff games despite seeing regular ice time.
  • Despite low Central Scouting ranking (207th), selected in second round, 58th overall, by Detroit.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He makes (Chicago Blackhawks winger) Andrew Shaw look like a Lady Byng winner. He’s a really aggravating guy to play against and has a really good feel for the game. He’s an agitating presence but also can make plays and is all over the place. He’s not the biggest guy in the world … but in terms of getting in people’s faces, being aggravating, making plays and being around the net, he’s an effective player.” — TSN analyst Bob McKenzie (June 2013) … “He’s got something you can’t teach in terms of his fearless approach to the game and he plays bigger than he is. He’s an energy guy who is willing to fight and plays that abrasive style.” — Red Wings assistant general manager of hockey administration Ryan Martin (June 2013) … “Bertuzzi is that type of player where he’s in your face and plays hard every shift. He’s an agitator but he’ll back it up. He handles himself very well but just brings it hard every time.” — Red Wings scout Jeff Finley (June 2013).

STRENGTHS
Described by the Red Wings as a “rat” and compared to Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw … Energizes teams with his gritty, fearless style … Aggravates opponents but also willing to fight, despite his smaller stature … Skates well … Throws his body around … Forechecks hard … Not easy to play against … Good bloodlines as the nephew of Todd Bertuzzi.

WEAKNESSES
Limited offensive upside … Needs to learn the fine line of agitating opponents while playing disciplined … Needs more weight on his frame to be more effective in his role.

PROJECTION
Although the Red Wings took Bertuzzi much earlier than he was ranked and he doesn’t have much offensive upside, they love how he fills his role as an aggravating, energizing winger. He’ll return to Guelph for the next two OHL seasons and work toward an NHL contract.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Sudbury Wolves Bantam AAA NOBHL 42 24 45 69 72 | Playoffs 6 3 10 13
 2010-2011 Sudbury Wolves Minor Midget AA NDMHL 26 18 36 54 26 |          
  Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves GNML 3 1 1 2 12 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0 12 
 2011-2012 Guelph Storm OHL 61 6 11 17 117 | Playoffs 6 0 2 2
 2012-2013 Guelph Storm OHL 43 13 9 22 68 | Playoffs 5 0 0 0 14 
 2013-2014 Guelph Storm OHL 29 10 25 35 49 | Playoffs 9 7 4 11 12 

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