Tyler Bertuzzi providing scoring, needed balance in Red Wings' lineup

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — If Sam Gagner were to recommend a younger hockey player one NHL player to watch, Gagner picks an interesting choice.

Tyler Bertuzzi, not exactly a player many would think. But given Gagner's reasons, you realize why, and it has merit.

Detroit left wing Tyler Bertuzzi has 19 goals and 17 assists in 34 games this season.

"He's all over the puck, he hounds it, and when he gets it, he keeps it," Gagner said. "We were talking about it the other night. He's one of those guys that pucks follow him around. You think he loses it and he gets it back, and he strips a guy, and he takes it through somebody.