Tyler Bertuzzi
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Tyler Bertuzzi

Hometown:

Sudbury Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-02-24

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd round (58th overall), 2013

Weight:

178 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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.

2013-14: Bertuzzi was off to a fast start for eventual OHL champion Guelph in his third season before suffering similar head and neck issues to the ones that forced him to miss much of the 2012-13 season in December; missing the rest of the regular season. He scored 9 goals with 25 assists and was +9 with 49 penalty minutes in 29 regular season games. Guelph finished first in the Midwest Division with the OHL’s top record and defeated North Bay in the OHL finals. Bertuzzi returned for the playoffs, scoring 10 goals with 7 assists and finishing +14 with 24 penalty minutes in 18 games. Guelph won three straight games at the Memorial Cup before falling to Edmonton, 6-3, in the championship game. Bertuzzi scored 5 goals and was +3 with 10 penalty minutes in four Memorial Cup games.

2014-15: Bertuzzi signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Red Wings in October 2014. He was an assistant captain for Guelph in his fourth OHL season and played for the OHL All-Stars in the 2014 Subway Series against Russia.  The only Storm player to play in all 68 regular season games, he was the team’s leading scorer with 43 goals and 55 assists and was +26 with 91 penalty minutes. The Storm finished third in the Midwest Division. Bertuzzi had no points and 14 penalty minutes in his only Subway Series game. 

Talent Analysis

Bertuzzi is a high-energy, high-effort player who has some offensive upside. His bread and butter is his ability to get under the skin of opponents but he has emerged as an opportunistic goal scorer during his junior career. Bertuzzi is not afraid to fight and he forechecks hard with consistency.

Future

Bertuzzi returned to the Guelph Storm in 2014-15 for his fourth season of junior hockey. Signed to an entry-level contract by the Red Wings, he could make his pro debut as soon as the Storm's playoff run ends. He will challenge for a spot in Detroit's training camp next fall but will likely begin the year with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. Long-term he projects as an aggressive second or third line forward who can contribute on the scoresheet and will use his combativeness to his advantage.

 

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