2010-11: Tyler Bertuzzi appeared in five major midget games for the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves and averaged two points per game for the Sudbury Wolves minor midget AA team. He had 1 goal with 1 assist and 12 penalty minutes in three regular season games with Sudbury Nickel Capital and in two playoff games was scoreless with 12 penalty minutes. Bertuzzi had 18 goals with 36 assists in 26 midget AA games and had 26 penalty minutes. He was selected by Guelph in the fourth round (78th overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.
2011-12: Bertuzzi played in 61 games for Guelph in his first OHL season. He scored 6 goals with 11 assists and was +7; finishing second on the Storm with 117 penalty minutes. Guelph reached the playoffs, finishing fourth in the Midwest Division. Bertuzzi played in 5 of 6 games during the first round series with Plymouth and had 2 assists with 7 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Bertuzzi skated in 43 regular season games for Guelph in his second season, missing over two months after suffering a neck injury with concussion-like symptoms at the end of October. He finished the season with 13 goals and 9 assists and was -2 with 68 penalty minutes. Guelph once again finished fourth in the Midwest Division, behind OHL champion London, Owen Sound and Kitchener. Bertuzzi was scoreless with an even plus/minus and 14 penalty minutes in the five-game first round series with Kitchener. Ranked 207th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Bertuzzi was selected by Detroit in the second round (58th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Known as a high-energy, high-effort player, Bertuzzi has some offensive upside. He did display better offensive skills towards the end of the 2012-13 season but his bread and butter remains his ability to get under the skin of opponents. Bertuzzi is not afraid to fight and he forechecks hard with consistency.
Bertuzzi will return to the Guelph Storm in 2014-15. If he plays a full regular season the way he played the end of the 2013-14 season he will likely project as more than a checking wing.