Christoph Bertschy
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Christoph Bertschy

Hometown:

Le Mouret Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1994-04-05

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

6th round (158th overall), 2012

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Christoph Bertschy appeared in four games in Switzerland’s Elite Junior A league and was the leading goal scorer for SC Bern’s U17 team after transferring to the club from Gotteron.  He had 1 assist with SC Bern’s U20 squad. In 29 Elite Novizen (U17) league games he scored 25 goals with 15 assists and had 46 penalty minutes. SC Bern advanced to the playoff semifinals after finishing third and in nine playoff games Bertschy scored 4 goals with 7 assists and had 10 penalty minutes.

2010-11:  Bertschy was the third-leading scorer for the SC Bern U20 team and skated for Switzerland at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship and U17 European Youth Olympic Festival tournaments.  He was a key player for the Elite Novizen championship SC Bern U17 team during that league’s playoffs. In 36 games with SC Bern U20, he scored 16 goals with 16 assists and had 34 penalty minutes. In his only Elite Junior A playoff game he was scoreless with two penalty minutes. In six games for seventh-place Switzerland at the U18 WJC he scored 1 goal and was plus-one with 12 penalty minutes and at the EYOF he scored 1 goal with 2 assists in three games. After scoring 7 goals with 4 assists in four regular season games for SC Bern’s U17 team, Bertschy was the team’s second-leading scorer in the playoffs behind Julian Schmutz (36 points), finishing with 8 goals and 15 assists in nine games.

2011-12: Bertschy skated for SC Bern in the Swiss A League as a 17-year-old and represented Switzerland in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship.  Playing in 31 of 50 games during the regular season for fifth-place SC Bern, he scored 8 goals with 8 assists and was plus-four with 10 penalty minutes. Bertschy played in all 17 playoff games as SC Bern reached the finals and scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes. He was the second-leading scorer for eighth-place Switzerland at the WJC, scoring 2 goals with 2 assists and finishing an even plus/minus in six games. Ranked 35th amongst European skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, Bertschy was selected by Minnesota in the sixth round (158th overall).

2012-13: Bertschy skated in 41 games for Swiss National A League champion Bern in his second season and was among the leading scorers for the Swiss U20 team at the 2013 World Junior Championship. With the Islanders John Tavares playing for Bern during the lockout, and several veterans in the lineup, ice time was limited for the 18-year-old. He finished the regular season with 4 goals and 2 assists and was +1 with 18 penalty minutes. Bern finished second in the regular season and defeated first-place Fribourg-Gotteron in the playoff finals. Bertschy scored 2 goals with 1 assist in 20 playoff games. He was a team captain and scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +4 with 8 penalty minutes in six games for sixth-place Switzerland at the WJC.

2013-14: Bertschy skated in 37 regular season games for Bern in the Swiss National A League as a 19-year-old; missing over two months with an ankle injury that kept him out of the 2014 World Junior Championship. He scored 6 goals with 8 assists and was -9 with 10 penalty minutes. Bern finished ninth in the 12-team league, four points out of a playoff spot. Bartschy had 2 assists and was minus-1 with 4 penalty minutes in six relegation playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Bertschy is a gifted offensive player with above average puck skills and excellent speed. One of the more promising players taken in the 2012 draft, he likely slid to the latter rounds over concerns about his size, willingness to put in the time to train and add strength and bulk, and the lack of physical play in his game. An ankle injury last season set back his development but he has shown progress playing with SC Bern under former Lightning coach Guy Boucher.

Future

Bertschy has yet to sign an entry-level contract with the Wild and did not participate in the Traverse City rookie tournament — leading to speculation that he is no longer on Minnesota's radar. Skating for SC Bern in Switzerland's National A League in 2014-15, the 20-year-old has had a breakout season in his fourth year. Under the tutelage of Boucher and with Swiss league veteran Martin Prouss as a mentor, he had topped his career high in points by mid-January and was named an assistant captain. Concerns about his size and durability still exist but with players like Mats Zucarello and Tyler Johnson enjoying success there may be a place for Bertschy in the NHL.

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