In response to the news that Darren Helm will miss the next six to eight weeks with a dislocated shoulder, the team was quick to announce that they are bringing a familiar face back to Hockeytown.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 17, 2016
Tyler Bertuzzi, who recently concluded a three game stint with the Red Wings, played in one game with the Grand Rapids Griffins after being sent back down. He did not score a point in his three games with Detroit, but did pick up a goal and assist in his lone game back with Grand Rapids. In 10 games with the Griffins this season, he has recorded three goals and three assists.
“When Tyler is playing his best, he is on the puck a lot, he’s got a good reach and stick-on-puck, so he creates turnovers,” head coach Jeff Blashill told the Detroit Free Press upon Bertuzzi’s first call up. “He finds a way to hard areas of the ice. He can shoot the puck from in tight areas, finds a way to score in tight areas and gets to the net hard.” During his first stint with Detroit, Bertuzzi primarily played on a line with Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin, when Blashill also said that he was “brought him up here to get significant minutes.”
Bertuzzi was drafted by the Red Wings with the 58th pick of the 2013 NHL entry draft. He has played 83 games over three seasons with the Griffins, in which he has scored 16 goals and 21 assists, while racking up 139 penalty minutes.