Tyler Bertuzzi wasn't a popular pick with many fans when the Detroit Red Wings took him in the second round of June's NHL entry draft. Bertuzzi was rated No. 207 in Central Scouting's final player rankings last season and the Red Wings selected him with the 58th overall pick which they received from San Jose after swapping first-round picks with the Sharks. Many fans questioned why the Red Wings would use a second-round pick on a player who wasn't even considered to be among the top 200 players available. But with the Red Wings moving to the Eastern Conference – which is considered tougher and more physical than the West – maybe Bertuzzi is exactly the type of player they can use down the road providing he eventually cracks Detroit's lineup. Bertuzzi was as surprised as anyone when the Red Wings took him in the second round. He said he had "no clue" the Red Wings had him in their plans. "They thought they could get a steal on me" said Bertuzzi a 6-foot 178-pound left winger who described his attributes as "grittiness work ethic and heart. I was pretty surprised when they called my name but I've worked pretty hard and I think I deserved it and I'm going to keep working hard to get here. "I've got skill. I can carry the puck in. I can make plays. I think I can play overall." But it's his abrasive attitude and willingness to mix things up that impressed the Red Wings.
Red Wings prospect Bertuzzi understands, embraces role as agitator
Michigan Live | Aug 4