Monday, the 21-year-old Bertuzzi was recalled from Grand Rapids to take the place of Thomas Vanek, who was placed on the long-term injury list by the parent club. Bertuzzi has played in all nine games for the Griffins this season, notching two goals and two assists so far, and will become the 157th Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL if he sees the ice.
After being selected in the 2013 NHL Draft (3rd round/58th overall), Bertuzzi joined the Griffins for a pair of games at the end of the 2014-15 season. He then totaled 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists) and 133 penalty minutes during his rookie season in Grand Rapids in 2015-16. Bertuzzi is the Griffins’ all-time leader in postseason game-winning goals. with six. Bertuzzi is also the active leader and is tied for fourth overall on the club’s all-time playoff list with 14 goals.
The Red Wings head to the city of brotherly love and former nation’s capital, Philadelphia, on Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. game against the Flyers.
The Griffins (5-4-0-0) hit the ice at Van Andel Arena on Wednesday night for a Winning Wednesday against the defending Calder Cup Champion Cleveland Monsters at 7 p.m.