from John Niyo of the Detroit News,
First impressions can be fleeting. But with Tyler Bertuzzi, the reminders are frequent.
That’s why Niklas Kronwall, the Red Wings’ veteran defenseman, laughs before answering what he thought of Bertuzzi the first time he showed up for an informal team workout as a Red Wings prospect five years ago.
"We see Bert coming in with his long hair, tape everywhere — it was something different, that's for sure," Kronwall said, smiling, as Bertuzzi — and his well-maintained mullet — stood nearby waiting to meet with the media following his two-goal night in a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Little Caesars Arena.
"But as soon as we saw him play,” Kronwall continued, “you just knew …”
And wouldn’t you know it? Now that the rebuilding Wings finally are trying something different – with an influx of youth in the lineup on a nightly basis — everyone’s starting to see there’s more to “Little Bert,” the nephew of former Red Wings Todd Bertuzzi, than meets the eye.