Seeking an answer to their recent struggles, the Detroit Red Wings have recalled Tyler Bertuzzi from the AHL. Thomas Vanek has been moved to long-term injured reserve to make room, retroactive to October 25th. Vanek suffered a lower-body injury almost two-weeks ago and though originally listed just as day-to-day, has obviously suffered some sort of setback.
Bertuzzi, 21, was the Red Wings’ second-round pick in 2013 and has been playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins this season. The feisty winger has four points in nine games and will be making his NHL debut whenever he figures into the lineup. The nephew of infamous former NHLer Todd Bertuzzi, Tyler is not quite as big or as skilled as his uncle but has the same mean streak in his game; he recorded 133 penalty minutes for the Griffins last season.
The Red Wings have lost five straight games after starting the season 6-2-0 and find themselves plummeting down the standings. Having scored only nine goals during that span, they obviously miss Vanek’s offensive production. Amazingly, the Austrian winger still ranks third on the team in scoring despite missing the last six games.