Tyler Bertuzzi is coming off back-to-back 21 goal seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. Once again, he will have the potential to hit that 20-goal mark despite the shortened season playing on Detroit’s top line alongside Larkin and Mantha.
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Bertuzzi is known more as a ‘worker-bee’ on the top-line, but I feel that is somewhat disrespectful to say after he’s proven to be a viable goal scorer on the top unit. Bertuzzi loves to muck it up and retrieve the puck in the offensive zone working the boards down low. He’s one that won’t shy away from heading to the dirty areas in front of the net and look for a rebound.
The Detroit Red Wings drafted Bertuzzi with the 58th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Level Draft. Bertuzzi turns 26-years old this February and in-line for a contract extension after the season. Bertuzzi signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, determined by an arbitrator this offseason.
Bertuzzi is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, which gives Yzerman flexibility. Still, if he continues to produce offensively as he has, the Red Wings may take a similar route with Bertuzzi this summer as they did with Mantha and sign him to a long-term deal.
The gritty winger recorded 48 points in 71 games while averaging 19:19 minutes per game, along with maintaining a Corsi For Percentage of 49.5 in 2020.