Daniel Bertram was the only current NCAA player born in 1987 eligible for his draft. Despite the lack of numbers put up, Bertram’s draft stock remained relatively strong at the end of Boston College’s season. It would be his performance at the recent IIHF U-18 World Junior Championships (WJC) in the Czech Republic that would send his stock skyrocketing. Bertram had an impressive showing at the WJC that included a hat trick in Team Canada’s 15-1 thrashing of Team Denmark in the third game of the tournament. He helped lead Canada to the silver medal.
Bertram posted 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 39 games for Boston College this season. His three game-winning goals were tied for second on the team, while his 58 penalty minutes were tied for third on the team. Bertram was twice named Hockey East Player of the Week, with both honors coming in the month of October as a result of excellent performances against WCHA powerhouses Denver and North Dakota. 2007-08: As one of the team’s alternate captains, Bertram made the best of his senior season at BostonCollege, helping the Eagles win the NCAA National Championship in the process. He posted career-highs in assists (27) and points (37), which ranked third and fifth on the team, respectively. Bertram played on the Eagles’ second line and was the team’s top face-off man, according to Head Coach Jerry York. He was also instrumental on the power play, as 19 of his 37 points occurred on the man advantage and his six power play goals were tied for third on the team. Bertram shared the William J. Flynn Coaches Award with teammate Mike Brennan and was also voted to Hockey East’s All-Academic Team.
Bertram may be small, but his game is anything but that. Bertram is an exceptionally gifted goal scorer who plays with an edge. He is a superb skater whose explosive acceleration is really something to marvel at. Bertram can often be found frustrating the opposition, whether it is with his quickness or his grittiness. He drives to net hard, at times with reckless abandon. He has great hockey instincts and sees the ice very well. One thing that makes him so dangerous is the fact that he can score from just about anywhere on the ice. He works hard and is also ultra-competitive, particularly in his pursuit of the puck.