Red Wings’ Prospect Bertuzzi Eyeing Career Year

TRAVERSE CITY – With another development camp in the books for the Detroit Red Wings, prospect and current Grand Rapids Griffins forward Tyler Bertuzzi is hoping this is the year he gets the call up.

The nephew of former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi, the 21-year-old forward concluded his third stay at the Red Wings’ development camp and is entering his third season with the Grand Rapids franchise after leading the Griffins to the American Hockey League’s Central Division finals during the 2015-16 season.

Bertuzzi’s performance (seven goals, one assist) over the nine-game postseason run has many, including Griffins coach Todd Nelson, optimistic that the 2016-17 season will be his year.

"I think this is a big year for him, I think he’s going to have a great year for us,” Nelson said. “Last year he got off to a bit of a slow start, but he elevated his game throughout the course of the season. He had great playoffs for us and so we’re trying to maybe bottle up that playoff play that he had and be consistent with that the whole season."

Drafted by Detroit in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Bertuzzi put together a 30-point season in 2015-16, tallying 12 goals and 18 assists over 71 regular-season games.