Tyler Bertuzzi Officially Demoted in Toronto

Published November 3, 2023 at 1:11 PM
BY TYLER BALL

After a disappointing start to the NHL season Tyler Bertuzzi has officially been demoted by the team.

Bertuzzi Demoted



The Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves in a battle with a division rival last night. In a close game against the Boston Bruins Tyler Bertuzzi found himself watch the game more than playing.

Head coach Sheldon Keefe decided to demote Bertuzzi to the 4th line after he has struggled to fit in with more minutes.


Keefe on demoting Bertuzzi to the fourth line: «He just needs to simplify his game. Today we had a very simple plan, and he failed to execute that, so other guys had to take his place.»


Bertuzzi's inability to adjust and simplify his game has finally cost him playing time. For a player that many had huge hopes for Bertuzzi has been very disappointing.

Bertuzzi Struggles Despite Major Opportunities



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Of the players acquired this offseason Tyler Bertuzzi has been given the best opportunities to contribute. He began the season playin alongside Auston Matthews on the top line. In 10 games as a Maple Leaf Bertuzzi has just 3 points.

Bertuzzi has also failed to provide the physical edge that many had hoped. He had a reputation for being a physical and annoying player to play against. To this point that style has not been a prominent piece of his game.

If Bertuzzi wants to have a future in Toronto he needs to pick up his game quickly. If he continues to struggle offensively and within the Maple Leafs system it might be time to give another player an opportunity in the lineup.

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