Red Wings Summer Evaluation: Depth Players

The offseason evaluation of the Red Wing forwards meets its conclusion with the depth players getting their share of the spotlight. These players were mostly healthy scratches or just did not have what the Red Wings expected them to have in their play this season. Without further adue, let us begin.

Todd Bertuzzi: Right Wing

To put it simply, “Uncle Todd” as Tyler Bertuzzi would say, just doesn’t have it anymore to play consistently at this level. At the age of 39, Bertuzzi played in 59 games totalling 16 points and a dreadful -17. That number alone tells the story. He’s lost a step, and has shown it over the past few seasons with his durability. Bertuzzi also had a knack for taking killer penalties as well, totalling 40 minutes in penalties on the season. Likely coming up on the end of his career, Bertuzzi has expressed tremendous interest in staying within Detroit’s organization. That would be fine, as long it is not a roster spot, no offense to Bertuzzi. The youth movement is alive and well in Hockeytown, and Bertuzzi would just be a burden in stunting growth of some ripe young forwards Detroit has in their system. It was a solid run in Hockeytown for Bertuzzi, and it looks like it is meeting its end, at least as a player.

Danny Cleary: Right Wing

This Newfie has a knack for staying around doesn’t he? The 35-year old Carbonear winger has had his setbacks in his time donning the Winged Wheel, more so the last 3 seasons. Cleary’s knees are not in the best shape at this point in his career, yet he took Gus Nyquist’s roster spot at the beginning of the year this past season. A farcry from his career year in 2010-11 when he scored 26 goals, Cleary had four goals and eight points in 52 games played before going out for the season with multiple injuries. A recent report has stated that the Red Wings are interested in bringing Danny back for next year. Although he is a known playoff performer in his time with the Red Wings, this would do more harm than good in my opinion, since the young guns showed what they could do this season taking the jobs of many veterans. Ken Holland has always loved his veterans, but this would be taking it way too far. He could remain within the organization, but a roster spot would just be detrimental.

Mikael Samuelsson: Right Wing

You want to talk about a waste of a roster spot, look no further than Samuelsson. Far from the form he had in four seasons with Detroit in previous years (05-09), the two years he spent in Detroit most recently were dreadful to say the least. Out of a possible 130 games played in the regular season (2013 shortened season), Samuelsson played in 30. He potted four points total in those 30 games over two seasons. With a multitude of injuries in these two seasons Samuelsson’s durability was equivalent to having glass bones and paper skin. He was even sent down to Grand Rapids when Detroit had too many forwards. He complained, saying he was never given a chance with Detroit. Well, maybe if he actually could’ve played a consistent number of games he could’ve gotten the opportunity. Still, he had 26 games to prove himself and responded with one goal on opening night and two assists in later games. Ken Holland has stated that he “doesn’t think” they will bring him back, which puzzles me that he even has to think about it.

Jordin Tootoo: Right Wing

Ah, here he is. Everyone’s favorite sparkplug on the Red Wings, Jordin Tootoo. Signed to a 3-year deal in the 2o12 offseason, Tootoo was expected to bring that grit and edginess that the Wings hadn’t had in a long time. Well, in the games he actually played in, he did just that. He was not expected to put up points, but he fought. He totalled 83 penalty minutes and 9 points in 53 games in his career with Detroit, a career that looks to be meeting its end. The last two offseasons Detroit has actively tried to shop the 31-year old grinder, and looks to use the second compliance buyout in as many seasons on Tootoo. It is disappointing to see this happen to any player, but at the same time, one has to look at the amount of healthy scratches Tootoo was given in his time with Detroit. With a logjam of forwards and a new wave of stars filtering through the system, Detroit just has no space for Tootoo. He has spent the better part of this season in Grand Rapids with the AHL affiliate, and the buyout will get him an NHL job elsewhere. It’s a disappointing end to Tootoo’s career in Detroit, but it is the right move for both sides.

This concludes the summer evaluation of forwards for the 2013-14 season for the Red Wings. Stay tuned for a Prospects Series leading up to Draft Day in Philadelphia! After Philly, the NHL free agent sweepstakes begins as the Wings look to bolster their roster with assets on the market. Stay tuned with complete coverage of the whole offseason on The Winged Wheel.

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Tomas Nosek Signs With Red Wings

Who?

That is likely the first thought that comes to mind for most Wings fans with this signing. However, Detroit does have a history at snagging diamonds in the rough overseas, and this could be yet another one of those.

Nosek is 21 years old and hails from the Czech Republic. He is a two-way center by trade and can move to the wing, but is left-handed, a number of shooters that is at surplus for the Wings already. In addition, he is 6’2″ and 205 pounds, which are good attributes to have especially for players coming overseas at his age to play in today’s NHL.

Nosek’s game has evolved as his career has gone on in the Czech U-18, U-20, Czech1 and Czech2 leagues. (The reason for two different leagues is the relegation that could come with the team’s performance) He has spent his entire short career with his hometown team HC Pardubice in U-18, U-20, and the highest level league, Czech1, totaling 19 goals and 44 points in 52 games played in 2013-14 at that level.

Believe it or not, the Wings had their radar on this kid since the Draft 3 seasons ago. After Nosek slipped from their grasp then, the Wings’ scouts tracked him ever since.

Jiri Fischer, the Wings’ head of player development, expressed his excitement about Nosek, calling him “the best player on his team’s roster”.

Fischer went on to describe why all the Wings scouts are high on the 21-year old Czech winger: “He’s a very smart two-way center who can play the wing and is very responsible defensively, makes good plays. He’s more of a playmaker than a natural finisher. He just gets better every year.” (Mlive)

He has gotten better every year, and the stats reflect his growth.

Fischer believes that Nosek must get stronger and work on his skating ability to get acclimated to the organization, whether it be with the Red Wings or Griffins in the AHL. A funny note about Nosek’s agent: he represents Tomas Jurco, and much like the “Swedish connection” that landed Daniel Alfredsson last season, the “Czech connection” might have been a part of this transaction.

What do I think? Judging from Fischer’s comments and his growth from year-to-year, I think he possesses the skill and hockey sense to succeed at the highest level. You need decent speed and solid 200+ pound size to succeed in today’s NHL depending on one’s role, and with another summer to grow and possibly a season in Grand Rapids to mature, those tools could be developed rather quickly. A defensive-minded forward to help out a young defensive core would be welcoming as well.

Keep in mind that he will turn 22 in September, so he has plenty of time in a decent 2-year window with this entry level deal to grow into a solid NHL forward. The question is roster space. The Wings are pretty deep, especially at the center position. He’ll have to beat out grinders like Luke Glendening and Landon Ferraro to even be considered. It will be a tough challenge for such a young forward coming overseas, and my guess is that he goes to Grand Rapids to start the season. But, as it is for every NHL season, who knows? This could be another addition to the long list of diamonds in the rough to play in Hockeytown.

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The Bottom Six: The 4th Liners

We’re at the end of the road in our forward evaluations as we take a look at what the 4th line players contributed to the Detroit Red Wings’ 2013-14 season. Some of these players were good catalysts for the penalty kill and grinding style, and others were just depth guys who just did not have it in the performance department this year. Let’s begin.

Drew Miller- Left Wing/Right Wing

A solid waiver wire pick-up from the ’09-10 season continued to be valuable for Mike Babcock’s group this season. Drew Miller has fallen off a bit in the points department with a measly 15 this past year, but that is not his role. His role is to kill penalties and outhustle others for the puck, and he lived up to that role again last season. Interestingly enough, he was one of two Red Wings to play all 82 regular season games, with Kyle Quincey being the other. The now 30-year old Miller will not have to worry about his future at least for the next two years, since he signed to an extension through 2015-16 season.

Luke Glendening- Center/Winger

Some kind of heart this kid plays with. A call-up from Grand Rapids to fill a hole at center due to injury, Glendening was not expected to be up in the bigs for very long. He ended up totalling 56 games played in Detroit, netting seven points. It seemed like he would never score his first NHL goal with chance after chance after chance, but on the night of April 5th, he got his first against the Canadiens. He’s still smiling after that one. The former Michigan Wolverine was rewarded for his grit and hard work, getting a 3-year extension to be with the big club. The 25-year old Grand Rapids native can feel comfortable about his future now that at this point it is secured for a period of time with his hometown team.

Justin Abdelkader- (Left Wing/Right Wing)

Another hometown guy, another solid player. Over the years we’ve seen Abdelkader mature from scoring floaters on Marc-Andre Fleury in the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals as a 22-year old to a hard-nosed 4th line grinder. Abdelkader put up 28 points this year in 70 games played which is a bonus for a guy that loves to hit…Maybe too much. Early on in his career Abdelkader was criticized for not taking the body to other players and using his physical play as a weapon. The last two years, we’ve seen Abby come out of his shell. Another sign of maturity for the Muskegon native. There is one thing that Abdelkader still needs to work on as he enters his prime: taking penalties. There were numerous times when Abdelkader would take that one extra step or lunge that he did not need to, sending him to the box. His penalties seemed to come at the worst of times, and this spring in Belarus we saw an huge example of this. All in all, Abby can keep evolving into a physical presence, but at the same time he must improve his discipline in the coming years.

Darren Helm-(Center)

Over/under on how many games he plays next year.

Evidenced by at least the last couple seasons, you never know what you’re going to get with Darren Helm durability wise.

Limited to one game in the lockout-shortened 2013 season and 42 in a full 82 game slate in 2013-14, Darren Helm has his doubters. He’d play a few games, miss a few weeks. He’s come back again, miss a lengthy period of time again. It’s a real rollercoaster with this kid. However, in the games he played, he was a phenomenal spark. He put the puck in the net frequently, and that speed is still Top Thrill Dragster type. An outstanding penalty killer, Helm can use that valuable weapon of speed and turn a penalty kill into an offensive opportunity. Totalling 20 points in half a season’s time, fully healthy you’re looking at a 20+ goal scorer who can touch 50 points as he reaches his prime. For the 27-year old Helm, it comes down to health. Entering the third year of his four year contract he signed back in the 2012 offseason, Darren Helm’s biggest key to making Detroit his home for years after that is health. If he works those issues out, look out.

Joakim Andersson- (Center)

It was a season filled with growing pains for Joakim Andersson.

After earning his spot on the Red Wings in the 2013 season forming a formidible trio with Gustav Nyquist and Swiss sniper Damien Brunner, the 25-year old Swede had to get accustomed to playing a full 82 game season.Through 65 games, Andersson totalled a measly 17 points and was a dismal -11. With the emergence of Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening as depth centers, Andersson saw competition in his way to even staying on the roster. With Stephen Weiss and Darren Helm out for lengthy periods of time, Andersson saw his role elevate, even up to the first line when the injury situation for the Red Wings was laughable. Not known for scoring ability, Andersson struggled in those elevated roles and it showed with his point total and plus/minus. Entering his second year of a two-year deal  signed with Detroit, time is certainly ticking for Andersson to show that he belongs on a roster that boasts big depth at the center ice position.

David Legwand- (Center)

Known as “The First Predator”, Legwand spent 15 years in the Music City before being traded to an injury-riddled Detroit team who at the time had five centers out of the lineup at the deadline. For Legwand, Detroit gave up prospect center Calle Jarnkrok, Patrick Eaves, and a conditional 3rd rounder. Through the first week or so, slotted in with Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen, Legwand provided a spark that the Wings needed. He went cold after a while however, and ended up with 11 points in 21 games with Detroit. Not bad, but probably not what Ken Holland ideally had in mind. Looking towards the future, the 33-year old center has a hazy future in Motown. He is an unrestricted free agent, and the Wings have way too many centers. He looks to be headed to the free agent waters at this point, but in his short time with Detroit, he offered a depth player that helped the team make it to the playoffs for the 23rd consecutive year.

Depth players is up next. After, my Detroit Red Wings Summer Prospect Series will be kicking off pretty soon with the NHL Draft just weeks away. A preview of the special day in Philadelphia will be coming along with the prospect series with Detroit picking smack dab in the middle of the pack on June 27th.

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The Bottom Six: The Other Rooks

 

The offseason evaluation of the Detroit Red Wings continues as we head to the lesser known names of the bottom six. This group again rotated in and out over the course of the injury-riddled season, which gave the young guys an opportunity to make an impact.

Boy, did they exceed expectations.

Tomas Tatar (Left Wing/Right Wing)

It was a long time coming for the 23 year old from Slovakia.

Down in Grand Rapids for the better part of five years, Tatar challenged the organization for an opportunity to show what he could do at the NHL level. In 2013-14, he got that opportunity after making the team out of training camp. After a slow start early on, Tatar started to play to his potential. On and off, he was paired with fellow Grand Rapids mates Gustav Nyquist and Riley Sheahan along with Tomas Jurco, the Slovak turned in a solid effort for his first full season in the big leagues. Tatar put up 19 goals and 20 assists in 73 games. Again, he is 23 and has his whole career ahead of him. The priority for Ken Holland and the Red Wing braintrust right now is to resign the restricted free agent. It will be exciting to see how he develops along with the rest of the youth that will carry the next wave of Red Wing stars.

Riley Sheahan (Center)

Another injury call-up, another huge contributer. With good size and hands, Riley Sheahan was another rook that burst onto the scene in Hockeytown. Getting an opportunity to play most every night as an injury call-up, Sheahan made sure he would be here to stay. In 44 games, the Notre Dame alum put up nine goals and 15 assists, good for 24 points. Not bad for a 22-year old in that limited time, and the kid appears to have a very bright future ahead of him, presuming the Red Wings sign the RFA. With a wicked shot and a strong body that can get to the front of the net, the Wings see and have something in this kid, and it will be exciting to see him grow.

Tomas Jurco (Left Wing/Right Wing)

Easily the best player on the Grand Rapids Griffins at this point, Tomas Jurco turned in a solid part-time NHL rookie campaign for Detroit. Sporting some soft hands and a knack to get in front of the net, Jurco in limited time put up eight goals and seven assists in 36 games played. Not too bad at all. Another relatively young one out of the group, the 21-year old Slovakian looked to get better as he gained more and more experience. That went for most of these guys, but being 21, Jurco opens my eyes a bit more than the up and coming Wings from the Grand Rapids crop. The way he moved the puck, as well as the others, made you think that he was a ten-year vet. Confidence just seemed to gradually build and build, and he’s not even close to ripe yet. It will be interesting to see what this kid can do in his first full season in Detroit in 2014-15.

Watch for these guys to be the next wave that could carry this team back to the Stanley Cup Final in the near and far future.

Up next on offseason evaluations, the fourth liners get their recognition. After, the defense, as lost as it looked this season, will be highlighted.  Later on, the short-term callups from GR and their outlooks for the future including Petr Mrazek, Teemu Pulkkinen, Xavier Ouellet, Adam Almqvist, Ryan Sproul, Mitch Callahan, Alexey Marchenko, and more will all be part of a prospect series during the summertime around the NHL draft.

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Reports: Emmerton Headed to KHL

Well, as they say, another one bites the dust from the NHL to KHL.

This time, a lesser known name.

According to multiple reports, Cory Emmerton has decided to sign with a KHL expansion team overseas, the Sochinskiye Leopardy. Say that five times fast.

Since being drafted 41st overall in 2006 by Detroit (Red Wings Website), he’s played in 139 NHL games, totaling only 21 NHL points. His only full season came in 2012-13, a shortened season of 48 games at that where he totaled eight points. This past season, Emmerton played most of his games in Grand Rapids, the AHL affiliate, with an excess of centers at the NHL level. He only put up two points in eighteen games with the Red Wings in 2013-14.

This is the second Red Wing to head to the KHL in as many years, as winger Jan Mursak did just that after winning the Calder Cup with Grand Rapids. Emmerton and him were teammates on the 2013 team.

A free agent to be this offseason, this was really the smartest decision for Emmerton to make. He virtually had no future in Detroit with the Ferraros, Sheahans, and even Glendenings of the system at the level of NHL ready or close to it. The 25-year old Canadian center didn’t really live up to Detroit’s ideal expectations when they signed him to a three-year deal back in 2011 given the point totals he put up and playing time he received.

With Luke Glendening signing a three-year deal of his own before the end of this past season, it indirectly signaled the end for Emmerton at the NHL level in Detroit. With the constant call ups and send downs he’s been through the past few seasons, I don’t blame Emmerton for going overseas. He’ll get a decent paycheck, lots of playing time with an expansion team, and a future playing hockey at the professional level with solid playing time.

I wish the best for Cory, and hope he gets a fresh start at the KHL level.

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Overseas Update: IIHF Worlds

The Detroit Red Wings have their small share of representatives in the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus on account of an early April playoff exit. Here’s how they did!

The tournament has concluded with Russia taking Gold, Finland taking Silver, and Sweden taking Bronze. Five Red Wings suited up for their respective countries and mostly all competed and represented their country and NHL team well. We’ll start with the American representatives: Danny Dekeyser and Justin Abdelkader.

 

United States:

Danny Dekeyser

 

Dekeyser is known as a stay at home defenseman in Detroit with an incredible hockey sense and stickchecking ability. He brought his defensive tools to Minsk and turned in a solid effort, with two assists in eight games played along with sixteen penalty minutes. (IIHF.com) An unusual number for Dekeyser, usually a disciplined defenseman with 30 PIMS in 65 games played this past season. (detroitredwings.com) The point total is low, but offense is not his game, at least not yet. Quiet, but smart on the ice and in his own zone. That’s Danny Dekeyser right now. The penalty minute total is a surprise but not a big concern, and the Wings should look forward to resigning the 24-year old hometown favorite. He is currently a restricted free agent but there should not be any concern about whether he will resign or not. Looking forward to seeing this kid blossom into an elite NHL defenseman.

Justin Abdelkader

 

Donning the “C” and #89 for probably the only time in his professional career, Abby too turned in a nice result overseas. The 27-year old forward had a little bit of a down year from 2013, potting 10 goals and 18 assists over 70 games. In Minsk, he potted three goals and an assist in seven games played, racking up an enormous 31 penalty minutes. The Wings love Abby to have that grinder’s edge in Detroit, but he’s been known to take a tad too many penalties at inopportune times. He was also a subject of a little controversy with this hit on St. Louis Blues and Czech forward Vladimir Sobotka:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5fUxuf9QuQ (YT user Eric Burton)

Abby got five and a game for that hit despite a penalty not being called on the play.

Outside of his PIMs, Abdelkader had a solid offensive showing for his country, and hopefully he can carry it into 2014-15 for a rebound season in Hockeytown.

Slovakia:

Tomas Tatar

 

“Tatar Sauce” had his share of contributions overseas as well in representing his country and team. Fresh off his first full season in the NHL where he totaled 39 points with 19 goals and 20 assists in 73 games played, he turned in a solid effort. He is a big part of the youth movement that has occurred with Detroit this past season, and he was one of the reasons the Wings got to the postseason for the 23rd consecutive time. His playoff numbers, as well has his rookie linemates’, weren’t anything to write home about, but in Minsk, he regained the touch. Tatar put up four goals and four assists in seven games in the tournament, playing a sizable part in his country’s quest for a medal. Unfortunately, Slovakia did not medal, but the perfomance from Tatar was likely all what Ken Holland and company were worried about. The priority now is to get the 23-year old restricted free agent signed for 2014-15 and beyond. From what Tatar showed in his first full season for his age this year, it is fun to think about how he will grow and mature with fellow teammates in the next wave of Red Wing stars.

Sweden:

Gustav Nyquist

 

Detroit Defenseman Niklas Kronwall said it best earlier this season: “He’s been our savior.” (detroitredwings.com)

Yes well, that’s one of the many words fans and players used to describe the contributions of Gustav Nyquist this season in Detroit. Not being able to play in Detroit due to a cap crunch and Detroit’s desire to go with veterans to start the season, Nyquist did not start the season in the NHL. Luckily, he did not complain. He had other things to do, like put up 21 points in 15 games in Grand Rapids. (griffinshockey.com) He finally got his call up on November 30th, and never looked back, putting up 48 points in 57 games. In Minsk, he put up solid numbers as well, helping his team nab bronze in this year’s Tournament. Gus had four goals and two assists in 10 games played. A solid tournament for Nyquist, who enters restricted free agent status after the 2014-15 season. I, like many fellow Red Wing fans, are looking forward to seeing what this 24-year old kid from Halmstad can do with a full 82 game season on the horizon.

Czech Republic:

Jakub Kindl

 

Simply put, it was a regression campaign for Kindl in 2013-14. Kindl put up two goals and 17 assists and was a -4, a farcry from 2013’s +15 total. Kindl was never really an imposing defender and was caught constantly, getting exposed in his own zone a number of times. He is part of the relatively young Red Wing defense core and could be expendable if he does not rebound next season. Kindl, the 19th pick in the 2005 Entry Draft, has simply so far not lived up to the Wings’ expectations up to this point. In the tournament however, he was relatively solid. Kindl was a +4, had a goal and two assists in 10 games. Not very noticable, but all in all not too bad for his defensively-minded game. Turning towards 2014-15, Kindl must have a rebound season. It can’t be stressed enough for this guy, as he might not even get a roster spot with the change that could come internally or through free agency. With guys like Xavier Ouellet, Alexey Marchenko, and Ryan Sproul on the way, Kindl has a lot of pressure on him to succeed next year in Detroit.

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Live Updates: Memorial Cup Edition: Team Bertuzzi vs Team Mantha

Who do you cheer for? It’s ok, you can do both.

Guelph Storm VS Val D’Or Foreurs (Stats, updates, and logo courtesy of MasterCard Memorial Cup website)

Goalies: Justin Nichols(GUE) Antoine Bibeau(VAL)

Well this didn’t take long.

FIRST PERIOD:

Guelph opens up a can. Your move, Team Mantha.

59 seconds in, Kerby Rychel pots his 3rd of the playoffs. Assists to Zack Mitchell and Robby Fabbri.

3:01 later: Zack Mitchell: first goal of the playoffs. Assists to Nick Ebert and Matt Finn.

1:50 later: Jason Dickinson: another first timer for a goal in the playoffs. Assists to Scott Kosmachuk and Brock McGinn.

————————————————————End of the first, 3-0 Guelph———————————————————————

Shots:      PP:

GUE 19         GUE: 0/2

VAL 13          VAL 0/1

Mantha: -2 Bertuzzi: even, 2 PIMS

SECOND PERIOD:

Will Team Mantha respond?

Guelph fails to convert on 3rd powerplay.

Oh boy, another one for Guelph right after the killed penalty.

GUE GOAL: 4-0 at 8:13 of the 2nd. Backbreaker for Val D’Or. Pius Suter picks up the goal. His first. Scott Kosmachuk and Brock McGinn(2nd of game) pick up assists.

Team Mantha status: Broken spirits and failure to get out of their own zone.

VAL GOAL: Spirits are revived! Well, a little. Val D’Or is on the board. 11:59 into the 2nd. Goal goes to Randy Gazzola. Guillaume Gelinas and Mantha with the apples.

VAL GOAL: Hey! Another one! Val D’Or scores again! 4-2! Timotej Sille with the marker. Say his name a few times fast. Maxime Presseault and Shawn Ouellette-St.-Amant with assists. #QMJHLNames

GUE GOAL: Goals. Goals. Goals. Guelph gets another! 5-2! Robby Fabbri. #1 on the playoff season. Assists to Rychel and Mitchell.

GUE GOAL: Little Bert gets on the board! Guelph running away with it, 8 seconds to go in the period, no Val D’Or Defense in sight, 6-2. #WingsProspects

————————————————————-End of 2nd Period 6-2 Guelph———————————————————————

Shots:    PP:

GUE:36      GUE: 0/3

VAL:26       VAL: 1/2

Mantha: 1 A, -3 Bertuzzi: 1 G +1

 

THIRD PERIOD:

Heroics left for Val D’Or?

Nichols makes a great save on Mantha on the breakaway!

Powerplay coming up for Guelph. 0/3 so far.

INJURY: 5 minute misconduct for Chadd Bauman. Puts Val D’Or player out for the game.

7:44 to go, VAL’s hearts not really in it.

VAL GOAL: Spoke to soon. Anthony…..Not ours, Beauregard pots the goal. 6-3. Sille and Jeremie Fraser with assists.

Bertuzzi breaks in, stopped on the breakaway.

2:26 left. 6-3.

HORN SOUNDS, scrum ensues, GUELPH STORM TO THE FINALS!

Team Bertuzzi is victorious. Until these two cross paths again, next time possibly in GR!

———————————————————-End of the Game, Guelph Wins, 6-3——————————————————————

Final numbers:

Shots:           PP:      PIMs:

GUE: 49           0/6            13 mins

Val D’Or: 33    2/5            14 mins

Mantha: 1 A -3

Bertuzzi: 1 G +1

Guelph 6, Val D’Or 3.