DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled left wing Tyler Bertuzzi from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the Red Wings placed Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve.
Bertuzzi was assigned to Grand Rapids on Tuesday and played in the Griffins’ 6-3 win over the Texas Stars last night, picking up a power-play goal and an assist. The 21-year-old winger has tallied six points (3-3-6), a plus-four rating and 32 shots on goal in 10 games for Grand Rapids this season. Bertuzzi made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on Nov. 8 at Philadelphia and appeared in three games for the team last week, picking up five hits and two shots on goal in 9:57 average time on ice. The 6-foot-1, 198-lb., winger has skated in 83 games for the Griffins since 2014-15, notching 37 points (16-21-37) and 139 penalty minutes and adding 20 points (14-6-20) and 18 penalty minutes in 23 AHL postseason games.
The Sudbury, Ontario, native was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the second round (58th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm prior to turning professional, picking up 172 points (72-100-172) and 325 penalty minutes in 201 games from 2011-15. He captured an OHL championship in 2014 and was named to the 2015 OHL Second All-Star Team after picking up a career-high 98 points (43-55-98) in 68 games during his final season of major junior hockey.
If you get sent down and want back up, the best thing you can do is play strong in the meantime. Good on Bertuzzi for making sure to re-earn this recall.