When first glancing at the stats of LW Todd Bertuzzi of the Detroit Red Wings, they don’t look very impressive. The 38-year-old has only added three points through the team’s first seven games and many fantasy hockey fans didn’t think he would be much of a factor this year in Hockey Town.
However, the fact that Bertuzzi was just moved up to Detroit’s top line has done wonders for the super-veteran’s fantasy value. He now gets to play on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, and the star-studded duo is consistently making things happen on the ice. Bertuzzi will be around the puck all game and it will help him become a more reliable fantasy contributor as a result.
For instance, in the team’s game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, Bertuzzi scored the game-winning goal for Detroit. It was a beautiful power play goal in the second period and it just shows what the veteran can bring to the table when he plays with the team’s sharpshooters. Bertuzzi is even playing quality minutes on the power play and it is bringing back a little of his old school swagger.
Bertuzzi is worth adding off the waiver wire in any fantasy format, as long as he can remain on the team’s top line. He is smart enough to be able to put himself into situations to get points and he will get plenty of chances in Detroit.