By Ben Leeson, The Sudbury Star – If keeping his feet moving helped Tyler Bertuzzi get drafted, he wasn’t about to slow down afterward.
Just after being selected by the Guelph Storm in the fourth round of Saturday’s 2011 OHL Priority Selection, making him the top Sudbury-area native taken in the draft, he rushed to his grandfather’s house to deliver the good news.
What made the news even better, as far as Bertuzzi was concerned, was the fact he was drafted by Guelph, the former team of his uncle, NHL star Todd Bertuzzi.
“I never talked to Guelph, so I never really thought about it,” said Bertuzzi, a forward with the Sudbury Wolves minor midgets. “But to be drafted by the same team my uncle played for is just awesome.”
Bertuzzi stands five-foot-10 and tips the scales at 155 pounds, having grown by about two inches and 10 pounds since the start of the season. But he plays bigger.
“I’m a grinder type,” Bertuzzi said. “I like to lay the body. I’m a playmaker — I was awarded playmaker of the year in our league — but I’m a power forward type. I grind guys down.”
In 32 games this season, Bertuzzi scored 20 goals and added 45 assists.
Bertuzzi was the 78th of 302 players drafted Saturday and one of six members of the 201011 Sudbury minor midget squad to be selected.
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