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Pros: Todd Bertuzzi filled Justin Abdelkader's current role very nicely before going down with a mysterious injury that shot pain through a nerve in his back and his right leg. Bertuzzi had consistently been a 40-point player before his injuries, but last season's lockout, in conjunction with his injuries, limited him to just seven regular-season games.
Should Bertuzzi make the roster, expect him to give Abdelkader a good run for his money as far as playing on the first line. He has excellent hands and pretty good on-ice vision, despite not being as fast as he was a decade ago.
Bertuzzi is also a big body that the other team has to account for, meaning he opens up space for Pavel Datsyuk in the offensive zone.
While players like Abdelkader struggled to put up points with Datsyuk, Bertuzzi's ability to put up points on the top line makes him an invaluable player to the Red Wings.
The 38-year-old is signed to a "35+" contract that includes a no-trade clause, per CapGeek, meaning that Detroit is better off trying to get him a roster spot so that they don't have to lose him on waivers.
Cons: Bertuzzi is getting old and has lost a couple steps. Despite his consistency over the past five seasons, many players struggle to stay effective in the twilight of their careers.
With exciting prospects coming up the pipeline, it is now more important than ever that Red Wings management keeps an eye on these prospects and not revert to the veteran-laden team of old.
Bertuzzi doesn't perform as well with the bottom-six forwards group and would have to embrace a checking role if he didn't make the top-six group of forwards.