|Assets:||Is a physical, defensive-minded rearguard who isn't shy about making his presence felt. Also keeps his game simple and relatively mistake-free.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have a lot of scoring upside for the highest level, so he will need to be more consistently physical in order to make his mark on the NHL.|
|Career Potential:||Physical defenseman with a little upside.|
|3/02/2015||Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins.|
|12/27/2014||Missed 5 games (upper body injury).|
|12/18/2014||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|12/15/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|12/07/2014||Missed 2 games (suspended by nhl).|
|12/03/2014||Suspended by the NHL for 2 games.|
|11/04/2014||Missed 10 games (lower body injury).|
|10/09/2014||Lower body injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/11/2014||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|3/07/2014||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/24/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-year contract.|
|7/02/2013||Pittsburgh Penguins tendered a qualifying offer.|
|4/01/2013||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|3/27/2013||Loaned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) for conditioning.|
|1/13/2013||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|8/30/2012||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a one-year two-way contract.|
|1/07/2012||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|1/06/2012||Missed 9 games (concussion).|
|12/17/2011||Concussion, injured reserve.|
|11/29/2011||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/06/2011||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|11/04/2011||Recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|10/03/2011||Knee injury, injured reserve.|
|9/29/2010||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|9/23/2009||Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).|
|5/27/2009||Signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a three-year entry level contract.|
|4/08/2009||Released by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).|
|3/23/2009||Signed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).|
|9/11/2007||Returned to his junior team (Kitchener-OHL).|
|3/02/2015||St. Louis Blues traded Ian Cole to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Robert Bortuzzo and a 7th round selection in 2016.|
|6/23/2007||Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3rd round (78th overall) in 2007.|
Penguins go back to Robert Bortuzzo | 05/09/2014 6:58 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo is back in the Penguins' lineup on Friday.
Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactBortuzzo spent a game in the press box Brooks Orpik was ready to return. Orpik didn't make it through the contest without suffering a new injury that forced him back on the sidelines. Bortuzzo has an assist in five playoff games.
Robert Bortuzzo plays in first playoff game | 04/27/2014 8:53 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo replaced the injured Brooks Orpik in the Pittsburgh lineup Saturday.
ImpactBortuzzo played 13:36 minutes and while he did not garner a point, he had three shots on goal with two blocked shots and two hits. He partnered with Rob Scuderi in the 3-1 win over Columbus.
Robert Bortuzzo set to replace Orpil in Gm 5 | 04/26/2014 6:35 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo is expected to play Saturday night versus Columbus.
ImpactBrooks Orpik is injured and he's not participating in the pregame warmup. Deryk Engelland is also taking part in the warmup, but Bortuzzo is slated to get the nod over him. If Bortuzzo does play then it will be in NHL playoff debut.
| 03/12/2014 2:29 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo returned to action on Tuesday March 11.
Robert Bortuzzo practices Sunday | 03/10/2014 9:30 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo practiced on Sunday for first time since suffering an upper body injury Thursday.
ImpactJust an FYI as Bortuzzo has five assists in 39 games with 59 penalty minutes.
Robert Bortuzzo has two assist game | 12/22/2013 8:03 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo had a pair of assists on Saturday.
ImpactWhile Bortuzzo has only three assists in 22 games, all three have come in the last four outings. He also has 33 penalty minutes. The sudden offensive outburst should not be seen as the norm so he is not worth a waiver wire pickup at this time.
Bortuzzo stays positive while scratched | 11/20/2013 10:42 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo has spent three straight games in the press box.
Impact"If you get down about stuff like this," Bortuzzo said, "I think you're probably in the wrong business. It's part of hockey. It's part of sports. Of course you never want to have to sit at any point in your career, but it happens to a lot of people." Bortuzzo has no points and 16 penalty minutes in 14 games this season. If he ever starts to play regularly and develops a bit more offensively, then he might have some fantasy value thanks to his tendency to average over a PIM per game.
Bortuzzo's spot on Penguins seems secure | 09/24/2013 10:09 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo seems to have solidified his spot on the Pittsburgh Penguins' roster.
ImpactThat being said, Bortuzzo is still unlikely to crack the Penguins' top-four this season. He won't get many points in 2013-14, but he might end up with over 100 penalty minutes if he sticks with the Penguins for the entire campaign.
Bortuzzo battles for a regular roster spot | 09/08/2013 12:20 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo is in a battle for a spot on Pittsburgh's third defensive pairing.
ImpactBortuzzo is one of seven defensemen signed to one-way contracts, but that doesn't include Simon Despres, who is among those fighting with him for that spot. The good news from Bortuzzo's perspective is that the Penguins might move a defenseman, perhaps Matt Niskanen, because they are currently projected to be over the cap ceiling.
Penguins ink Robert Bortuzzo to two-year deal | 07/24/2013 4:16 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo has agreed to a two-year, one-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ImpactBortuzzo new contract comes with an annual cap hit of $600,000. He had two goals and four points in 15 games in 2013. The Penguins now have a bit of a logjam with seven defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Simon Despres, who is still expected to make the team. Pittsburgh might trade away a blueliner as a result, but either way Bortuzzo will probably start the season on the team's third defensive pairing.
Robert Bortuzzo gets an arbitration date | 07/16/2013 5:33 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo's arbitration date is August 1.
ImpactPittsburgh is hoping to sign Bortuzzo to a multi-year deal, so there's a good chance he'll agree to terms before his hearing. He had four points and 27 penalty minutes in 15 games last season.
Pens look to sign Bortuzzo to multi-year deal | 07/11/2013 9:52 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins have interest in signing Robert Bortuzzo to a multi-year deal.
ImpactBortuzzo has filed for salary arbitration, so that puts a bit of a deadline on the negotiations. He had four points and 27 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Penguins last season.
Robert Bortuzzo files for arb. with Penguins | 07/10/2013 6:52 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo filed for salary arbitration.
ImpactBortozzo earned $525,000 last season at the NHL level. In 15 games, he had four points and 27 penalty minutes. Hearings will start later on this month.
Pens extend qualifying offers to 8 players | 07/03/2013 9:33 AM
NewsPittsburgh Penguins extend qualifying offers to NHLers Dustin Jeffrey, Robert Bortuzzo and Harry Zolnierczyk and prospects Eric Hartzell, Paul Thompson, Brian Gibbons, Zach Sill and Riley Holzapfel.
ImpactIt was procedural move for the Penguins, who retain the players' rights and ensure all will be restricted free agents Friday. Zolnierczyk and Jeffrey are both depth players for the NHL club, but Bortuzzo could land more of a regular role next season after appearing in 15 games with the Penguins in 2013.
Bortuzzo may get a bigger role next year | 06/11/2013 8:38 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo may get a much more regular role with the Pittsburgh Penguins next season.
ImpactDouglas Murray and Mark Eaton are eligible to become unrestricted free agents next month, which could free up some playing time for him. "I've been working hard to get better," he said. "There are a lot of great defensemen here, but of course, I want to play." He skated in 15 games with the Penguins during the 2013 season and has 21 appearances of NHL experience in his career.
Robert Bortuzzo plays first game since recall | 04/03/2013 11:00 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo played in his first game since his recall Wednesday night.
ImpactBortuzzo, who was sent to the minors in late March for a conditioning stint, had an assist in 18:41. He has three points and a plus-three rating in 12 games this season.
Robert Bortuzzo heads to AHL for conditioning | 03/28/2013 11:15 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo was sent to the minors on Wednesday for a conditioning assignment.
ImpactHe hasn't played since Feb. 28 and has dressed in just 11 games this season. "He has an opportunity to play three games starting [Wednesday] night and then Friday and Saturday," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He will be recalled."
Robert Bortuzzo will play Sunday in Buffalo | 02/17/2013 11:58 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo will replace Simon Despres in Sunday's contest at Buffalo against the Sabres.
Official twitter account of the Penguins
ImpactBortuzzo adds grit and toughness to the Pens' lineup but doesnt have any fantasy value. He made his NHL debut last campaign and suited up in six contests with the Penguins.
Robert Bortuzzo enters top-six group for Pens | 02/07/2013 10:52 AM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo supplanted Ben Lovejoy for the sixth spot on Pittsburgh's back end.
ImpactThe progress that Bortuzzo and Simon Despres have shown early into this season led to Lovejoy being traded Wednesday to Anaheim. Bortuzzo has posted one goal, one assist and a plus-5 rating in four appearances with the Penguins. He was a healthy scratch for the first six games, but has played in the team's last four outings. However, when Matt Niskanen is able to return from injury Bortuzzo or possibly Despres may be the one on the outside looking in.
Robert Bortuzzo makes season debut | 02/01/2013 12:19 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo played just over 12 minutes in his season debut for the Pens.
ImpactBortuzzo was in the lineup because Ben Lovejoy was sidelined following a vicious hit in a previous game against the Islanders. He didn't do anything to merit your fantasy attention.
Robert Bortuzzo to play first game Thursday | 01/31/2013 2:54 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo is projected to make his season debut Thursday night.
ImpactHe played in six contests with the Penguins last season, but didn't do anything to warrant your attention in fantasy leagues.
| 01/19/2013 9:00 PM
NewsRobert Bortuzzo was called up from the minors on Friday January 18.
|3/22/2015||StL||Det||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|3/15/2015||StL||Dal||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|2/25/2015||Pit||Wsh||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|1/16/2015||Pit||NYI||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/28/2014||Pit||Car||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/26/2014||Pit||Tor||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/24/2014||Pit||Bos||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/22/2014||Pit||NYI||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|11/18/2014||Pit||Mtl||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||1||3 times-last:at Pit||last:Mar 24||0|
|Assists||1||5 times-last:vs. Wpg||last:Mar 10||2|
|Points||1||8 times-last:at Pit||last:Mar 24||2|
|Penalty Minutes||12||at StL||Feb 21||12|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:at Car||last:Nov 29||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||47 times-last:at Pit||last:Mar 24||0|
|Power Play Points||0||47 times-last:at Pit||last:Mar 24||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||47 times-last:at Pit||last:Mar 24||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||47 times-last:at Pit||last:Mar 24||1|
|Shots||6||at Tor||Mar 7||6|
|Penalty Minutes||74||2013-14 (Pit)|
AdvertisementThis Week - Subscribe Now
Subscribe to TheHockeyNews magazine!
Subscribe today, and save off the cover price.Subscribe now
Sign up to our e-flash newsletter.
You will receive backstage access to special features, articles, promotions and special events and more!!Sign up now
Download TheHockeyNews app
Learn more about TheHockeyNews mobile app.Get it now!