Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Bertuzzi, Olofsson, & Dahlin

Rick Roos


Welcome back to Goldipucks and the Three Skaters, a play on words of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Here though, instead of there being three bowls of porridge, I’m covering three skaters and declaring one too hot (i.e., doing unsustainably better than he should), another too cold (i.e., doing unsustainably worse), and a third “just right” (i.e., producing where he should be). I also assign each a rating of 1-10, indicating just how hot (rated 7-10, where 10 is the most unsustainably hot), or how cold (rated 1-4, where 1 is the most unsustainably cold), or how “just right” (rated 4-7, where 5.5 is the most “just right”) he is.


Because this is the final Goldipucks column before the end of the regular season, the players covered in this installment (Tyler Bertuzzi, Rasmus Dahlin, Victor Olofsson) are on teams (Detroit and Buffalo) out of the playoff hunt, as this way you can make mental notes of how they're trending to use when it comes to drafting or keeping them for next season.


Tyler Bertuzzi

The second-generation NHLer went from being the 58th pick in 2013 to the NHL for a cameo by 2016-17. He dressed for 48 games in 2017-18 and posted a point per every other contest, earning a full-time roster spot. From there, his play improved such that Detroit, eager for offense, installed him in the top six last season, with him responding to the tune of a full season scoring pace of 53 points. For 2019-20, he started superbly, then he slowed, but has been scorching of late, such that his full-season scoring pace is now back up to 56. Is Bertuzzi going to be a ~55 point player, or might better things be in store for the 2020-21 campaign? The answer could be neither, as signs suggest his scoring rate could drop.

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