Tyler Bertuzzi
Tyler Bertuzzi
23-Year-Old Left WingLW
Detroit Red Wings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A wrist injury spoiled Bertuzzi's chances of cracking the Opening Night roster with the Red Wings last season, but the agitating scoring winger climbed aboard the AHL-to-NHL express in December and never looked back, crafting seven goals and 17 assists over 48 games. The NHL's Department of Player Safety is kept busy due to “act first, think later” players like Bertuzzi. While he only registered 39 PIM as a rookie, Detroit's 2013 second-round (58th overall) draft pick is still learning what constitutes a good penalty in the eyes of head coach Jeff Blashill. Still, if Bertuzzi keeps a level head in the upcoming season, he should reprise his top-six role and continue receiving power-play chances. Expectations for the Ontario native hit a new level in late June when he procured a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings in June of 2018.
Invited to Worlds
LWDetroit Red Wings
April 18, 2019
Bertuzzi will be invited to the 2019 IIHF World Championship as a member of Team Canada, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.
ANALYSIS
Even though it was too little, too late for the Red Wings, Bertuzzi caught fire late in the season, as the hard-nosed winger went four straight games with three points apiece and finished with 21 goals and 26 helpers through 73 contests. Additionally, Bert earned 1:43 of average ice time on the man advantage and compiled six points in that key special teams spot. He was rather clutch based on four game-winning tallies, and No. 59 topped all of his teammates with a plus-11 rating and a shooting percentage of 16.0. There's tremendous fantasy upside with Bertuzzi, so consider nabbing him in the middle-to-late rounds of season-long drafts in the fall.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:31
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:43
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:01
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
0:00
0:00
0:00
2016–17
9:06
0:03
0:00
2017–18
0:00
0:00
0:00
2017–18
14:24
1:26
0:07
2018–19
16:31
1:43
0:01
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It's no fluke that Bertuzzi was named the MVP of the Calder Cup playoffs. His solid 12 goals and 37 points in 48 regular-season games were overshadowed by a 19-point postseason for the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Bertuzzi’s ability to kick it up a notch when it mattered most certainly raised eyebrows in the Red Wings’ front office, making him a serious contender for a spot on the Opening Night roster. Still, his call-ups were uneventful in 2016-17, as he scored zero points in seven games. The 21-year-old plays a lot like his uncle, retired Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi, in that his game is characterized by fiery aggression and keen awareness of his surroundings -- but he’s better at staying out of the penalty box (37 PIM in the AHL last year). The youngster will have plenty of opportunities to prove his worth in Motown even if he fails to make the team right out of training camp.
To some degree, Bertuzzi is following in the footsteps of his Uncle Todd. Both started their careers with the Guelph Storm of the OHL and have spent time within the Red Wings’ organization. Todd wrapped up his 18-year NHL career -- his last five seasons were spent with Detroit -- a year before the club selected his nephew with a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. At 21 years old, Bertuzzi is a menacing winger with a second home in the penalty box. This past season, while playing for AHL Grand Rapids, he racked up 133 PIM in 71 games, far and away the highest total on the team. When he’s not warming the sin bin, Bertuzzi is a threat to score. He dropped 43 goals in 68 games with the Guelph Storm of the OHL in 2014-15, and thrived in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, leading the Griffins with seven scores in nine contests. Bertuzzi will compete for a roster spot right of training camp. If the pest doesn’t break camp, he’ll likely be a top call-up option when injuries threaten the crop of more seasoned forwards.
Mostly known as the nephew of teammate Todd Bertuzzi, Tyler broke out for 34 points in 29 games with the Guelph Storm of the OHL last season and earned himself a second-round pick with Detroit. He's still a raw talent, but Detroit likes his abrasive and physical style of play for the future. Give the younger Bertuzzi a few years, and he may make a similar impact in the NHL to that of his uncle.
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Stays hot
LWDetroit Red Wings
April 2, 2019
Bertuzzi scored a pair of goals -- including one on the power play -- and added an assist in a 4-1 victory against the Penguins on Tuesday. According to Helene St. James of the the Detroit Free Press, he set a franchise record with his fourth consecutive multi-point game.
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Third straight three-point outing
LWDetroit Red Wings
March 31, 2019
Bertuzzi posted a trio of helpers in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Bruins.
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Carries offense in win
LWDetroit Red Wings
March 29, 2019
Bertuzzi scored a goal and two assists in Friday's 4-0 win over the Devils.
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Four points in last two games
LWDetroit Red Wings
March 28, 2019
Bertuzzi scored two goals and added an assist in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sabres.
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LWDetroit Red Wings
March 25, 2019
Bertuzzi registered an assist and three shots in Monday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
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