Robert Bortuzzo
Robert Bortuzzo
30-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
Day-To-Day
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 4/20/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The rugged defenseman achieved career highs in goals (four), points (13) and blocked shots (108) in 72 games last year. Bortuzzo doesn't shy away from contact either, squaring up on opponents 121 times and logging 41 PIM. When all the defensemen in St. Louis are healthy, the 29-year-old may be the seventh man looking in, so he'll stay off fantasy radars for the final year of his contract. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.125 million contract extension with the Blues in December of 2018.
Will miss Game 5
DSt. Louis Blues
Undisclosed
April 18, 2019
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Bortuzzo took Thursday's practice off for maintenance and was considered a game-time decision ahead of puck drop. It seems now that the Ontario native will indeed miss Game 5, even though coach Craig Berube said Bortuzzo was "good to go." While the blueliner hasn't contributed any points so far in this series, the Blues will likely miss the physical threat he provides on defense.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:28
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:21
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
14:05
0:02
0:53
2017–18
14:48
0:02
1:22
2018–19
15:28
0:02
2:21
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Bortuzzo was looking like he may be the odd man out on the St. Louis' blue line. With Jay Bouwmeester fracturing his ankle, though, he'll likely be called upon for the first few games. Regardless, he won't be summoned enough as a third-rotation defender to become a fantasy contributor.
Bortuzzo collected four points (2G, 2A) in 15 games with Pittsburgh and four points (1G, 3A) in 31 AHL contests in 2012-13. The stay-at-home defender plays with a nasty edge, totalling 100-plus penalty minutes in each of his two full seasons with Wilkes-Barre. Bortuzzo often served as a healthy scratch with the Pens last year, but he should see more action in 2013-14 with another year of experience under his belt. Aside from penalty minutes, Bortuzzo offers little in the way of fantasy value.
Bortuzzo got his first taste of NHL action in 2011-12, suiting up for six games with the Pens. The 6-foot-4 blueliner has never scored more than 26 points in any of his three AHL seasons, but his forte is all about defense. Although the right-handed shooter failed to register any points in his brief trial in Pittsburgh, he didn't look out of place. With top-four defender, Zbynek Michalek, leaving the team for Phoenix, there's a decent chance Bortuzzo cracks the opening night lineup. Even if he does, there's a much better chance of him preventing possible goals than producing them. For that reason, he likely holds little fantasy appeal.
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Game-time call Thursday
DSt. Louis Blues
Undisclosed
April 18, 2019
Bortuzzo sat out of Thursday's practice for maintenance purposes and is considered a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 5 versus the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
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Rings up assist
DSt. Louis Blues
March 26, 2019
Bortuzzo dished out an assist in Monday's win over the Golden Knights.
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Back in action Sunday
DSt. Louis Blues
February 24, 2019
Bortuzzo will suit up in Sunday's road contest against the Wild.
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First goal since October
DSt. Louis Blues
February 15, 2019
Bortuzzo lit the lamp and blocked two shots in Thursday's win over the Coyotes.
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May be scratched Saturday
DSt. Louis Blues
February 2, 2019
Bortuzzo is expected to be a healthy scratch for Saturday's game versus the Blue Jackets, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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