Robert Bortuzzo
Robert Bortuzzo
30-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bortuzzo doesn't stack the point column, but he plays solid in the defensive zone and is willing to stand up for his teammates. Or stand up to them, in the case of Zachary Sanford, who Bortuzzo fought in a December practice when the Blues were bottom feeders. While having teammates fight is never a good sign, this was one of the storylines that helped spark the Blues from last to first, and Bortuzzo coincidentally earned a three-year, $4.125 million extension. Bortuzzo doesn't have any legitimate fantasy worth, but he could get more consistent ice time if Joel Edmundson is traded. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.125 million contract extension with the Blues in December of 2018.
Assist for first point in 2019-20
DSt. Louis Blues
November 16, 2019
Bortuzzo collected an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Ducks.
Bortuzzo entered the lineup in place of Carl Gunnarsson in the second game of a back-to-back. The 30-year-old made an impact in his first game since Oct. 27, earning his first point of the year with the secondary helper on Vince Dunn's goal. Bortuzzo will likely be a healthy scratch more often than not -- he's added only 14 hits, nine blocked shots and an even plus-minus rating in eight appearances while averaging a career-low 12:01 per game entering Saturday's contest.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The rugged defenseman achieved career highs in goals (four), points (13) and blocked shots (108) in 72 games last year. Bortuzzo doesn't shy away from contact either, squaring up on opponents 121 times and logging 41 PIM. When all the defensemen in St. Louis are healthy, the 29-year-old may be the seventh man looking in, so he'll stay off fantasy radars for the final year of his contract.
Bortuzzo was looking like he may be the odd man out on the St. Louis' blue line. With Jay Bouwmeester fracturing his ankle, though, he'll likely be called upon for the first few games. Regardless, he won't be summoned enough as a third-rotation defender to become a fantasy contributor.
Bortuzzo collected four points (2G, 2A) in 15 games with Pittsburgh and four points (1G, 3A) in 31 AHL contests in 2012-13. The stay-at-home defender plays with a nasty edge, totalling 100-plus penalty minutes in each of his two full seasons with Wilkes-Barre. Bortuzzo often served as a healthy scratch with the Pens last year, but he should see more action in 2013-14 with another year of experience under his belt. Aside from penalty minutes, Bortuzzo offers little in the way of fantasy value.
Bortuzzo got his first taste of NHL action in 2011-12, suiting up for six games with the Pens. The 6-foot-4 blueliner has never scored more than 26 points in any of his three AHL seasons, but his forte is all about defense. Although the right-handed shooter failed to register any points in his brief trial in Pittsburgh, he didn't look out of place. With top-four defender, Zbynek Michalek, leaving the team for Phoenix, there's a decent chance Bortuzzo cracks the opening night lineup. Even if he does, there's a much better chance of him preventing possible goals than producing them. For that reason, he likely holds little fantasy appeal.
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Doesn't suit up Saturday
DSt. Louis Blues
October 6, 2019
Bortuzzo was a healthy scratch for Saturday's 3-2 win over the Stars.
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Finds back of net
DSt. Louis Blues
May 30, 2019
Bortuzzo scored a goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime victory over Boston.
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Rare tally wins game
DSt. Louis Blues
May 13, 2019
Bortuzzo scored his first career playoff goal in Monday's 4-2 win over the Sharks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
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Manages to practice
DSt. Louis Blues
April 23, 2019
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) took part in practice Tuesday, Lou Korac of reports.
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Ready if needed
DSt. Louis Blues
April 20, 2019
Bortuzzo (undisclosed) is available for Saturday's Game 6 clash against the Jets, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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