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by George Malik on 06/30/13 at 07:20 PM ET
Updated 6x at 8:50 PM: The Detroit Red Wings have picked Todd Bertuzzi's nephew, Tyler Bertuzzi, with the 58th overall pick. And Bob McKenzie stated, "He makes David Bolland look like a Lady Byng Trophy winner."
6 feet tall, 178 pounds, unranked by Central Scouting, 17 points and 117 PIM in 61 games with Guelph.
Quoting the Guelph Mercury:
TYLER BERTUZZI: Call it the Andrew Shaw Factor in honour of the undrafted former Owen Sound Attack player who played a key role in the Chicago Black Hawks' Stanley Cup run.
Teams love to uncover the kid that brings intangibles to winning teams that don't show up on stat sheets: grit, toughness, heart and intestinal fortitude. Bertuzzi brings that and despite an injury-plagued season, several teams have taken a look at him.
He also continues to grow to NHL size.
Prediction: Sixth round.
RedWingsCentral on Bertuzzi:
2-58. LW Tyler Bertuzzi, 6-0, 176, Guelph (OHL), 43-13-9-22-68. The nephew of Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi is an agitating forward who was ranked 207th among North Americans by Central Scouting. But Bertuzzi has the tools to develop into a niche role player in the NHL. “He makes Andrew Shaw look like a Lady Byng winner,” said TSN analyst Bob McKenzie. “He’s a really aggravating guy to play against and has a really good feel for the game.”
From the Sudbury Star's Ben Leeson:
And after establishing himself as a willing combatant as a rookie last year, the youngster displayed the skill side of his game during the second half of this season, returning from a concussion to push his regular-season totals to 13 goals and nine assists in 43 games. That was enough to convince NHL Central Scouting to rank him 205th on their final list of the top 210 players eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, released last week.
He had previously been listed in the limited viewing category in mid-term rankings released in January.
"It's exciting," Bertuzzi said. "Especially after missing almost half of the season, to be in there is an honour. Now I just have to train hard over the summer and look to move forward, no matter what."
Guelph's fourth-round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Bertuzzi was a long shot to make the team at his first training camp that fall, but his high-energy game turned the head of Storm head coach Scott Walker.
"He was always a player I liked," Walker said. "He made the team out of camp last year and we almost sent him back, but he plays a style of game that I like. He works hard, he skates well and he has some skill and he deserves that ranking."
He showed that to his hometown fans during a rare visit to the Nickel City last month, scoring two goals in a 4-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves -- one of his four two-goal games this season.
"I have a skilled side," Bertuzzi said. "And I was able to show that I can make plays and score goals. Before, I showed I can play tough, that I can play hard and be physical, but then I showed that I can stickhandle, that I can carry to puck into the zone, not just dump it in, and that I can shoot and score."
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