Tyler Bertuzzi joined the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline and has solidified an important role on a team with Stanley Cup aspirations.
Tyler Bertuzzi spent six and a half seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, never getting a chance to reach the playoffs. Despite the lack of talent on those teams, Bertuzzi was able to accumulate over 200 points. He fell under the radar, and was always deemed a good, not great, player. That changed very quickly when he arrived with the Bruins.
With the Bruins
In 21 games played, Bertuzzi has already picked up 16 points, good for 0.76 points per game. What’s been very pivotal to his addition is the ability for head coach Jim Montgomery to bump Taylor Hall down to the third line. It’s well known that teams with great success in the playoffs have great depth. Very few Stanley Cup winning teams haven’t had a strong third and fourth line.
The Bruin’s third line of Hall, Charlie Coyle, and Trent Frederic has been tremendous all year. With Nick Foligno coming back as well, the fourth is very strong as well.
The Bruins are currently battling the Florida Panthers in the first round of the playoffs. They were victorious in the first game, as Bertuzzi stole the show with two assists. He made a big impact on the power play, as Patrice Bergeron was out.
If the Bruins are going to have a successful run in the playoffs, Bertuzzi will continue to be a huge part of it.
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