Robert Bortuzzo
Robert Bortuzzo
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
St. Louis Blues
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.125 million contract extension with the Blues in December of 2018.
Dishes helper, punches Thursday
DSt. Louis Blues
January 3, 2019
Bortuzzo registered an assist, five PIM and two shots during Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Capitals.
ANALYSIS
Bortuzzo picked up his fifth point of the season before throwing down with Tom Wilson in the second period, much to the delight of the St. Louis crowd. With little offensive production or peripheral stats to his credit, the 29-year-old is more valuable to the Blues for his veteran presence than to most fantasy owners.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    16:03
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:03
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:44
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
14:05
0:02
0:53
2017–18
14:48
0:02
1:22
2018–19
16:03
0:03
2:44
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Renews contract for three years
DSt. Louis Blues
December 15, 2018
Bortuzzo signed a three-year, $4.125 million contract extension with the Blues on Saturday.
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Ready to rock
DSt. Louis Blues
Lower Body
November 30, 2018
Bortuzzo (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Avalanche, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Will travel with team
DSt. Louis Blues
Lower Body
November 27, 2018
Bortuzzo (lower body) will join the Blues on their three-game road trip, but could still miss all three outings, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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Begins skating
DSt. Louis Blues
Lower Body
November 19, 2018
Bortuzzo (lower body) has started skating and is making steps toward returning to action.
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Not close to returning
DSt. Louis Blues
Lower Body
November 9, 2018
Bortuzzo (lower body) has yet to resume skating and is "still a ways away" from returning to action, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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