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Todd Bertuzzi's exit in Detroit was part of the "youth movement" of sorts that happened when Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and other young forwards began pushing for roster spots this past season.
Bertuzzi was still effective in power-play situations with six power-play goals and seven points with the man advantage overall. But it was his even-strength numbers that made the one-time 97-point man expendable.
Bertuzzi had just three goals and nine points in even0strength situations, while playing almost 12 minutes of even-strength ice time last season.
His shootout numbers (one goal in seven attempts) also dipped last season from other years in which they had been as high as 50 percent. Detroit scored just 11 goals on 51 shootout shots, putting them 26th in the NHL in shooting percentage in the skills competition.
How Will His Departure Affect the Team?
Bertuzzi, for all of his struggles to get on the scoresheet consistently last season, helped others find the scoreboard with his ability to get to the net.
Big Bert got to the net on a consistent basis and screened goalies, allowing Detroit's skilled players to find open ice that they would not have had otherwise.
Although his shootout numbers were bad last season—mostly due to the NHL revamping Bertuzzi's favorite "spin-o-rama" move—Detroit will have to figure out how to score in the shootout without him.