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Dustin Byfuglien | Defenseman

Team: Winnipeg Jets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/27/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 260
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Dustin Byfuglien scored a goal in Winnipeg's 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Byfuglien's first period goal gave the Jets a 2-1 lead in the game. Winnipeg had a 3-1 lead heading into the third, but they were unable to hold on for the win. The 29-year-old has eight goals and 18 points in 34 games this season, including 10 points in his last 10 games. Matt Halischuk and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Jets. Dec 21 - 11:48 PM

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Dustin Byfuglien took part in Winnipeg's practice on Saturday.

Byfuglien left the Jets' last game on Friday night late in the third period after taking a high stick "to the chops". The injury shouldn't force him to miss any time.
Dec 21 - 11:58 AM

Dustin Byfuglien has been playing very well as a defenseman.

Byfuglien has been averaging just under 27 minutes of ice time in his last five games. The 29-year-old has also been producing offensively. He has also added seven points in his last six games. When the Jets defense gets healthier, it'll be interesting to see where they play Byfuglien.
Dec 14 - 1:12 PM

Dustin Byfuglien registered two assists in Tuesday's 5-2 victory over Dallas.

The forward turned defenseman again has been on a tear offensively with four goals and three assists over a five-game point streak. Byfuglien has picked up four of those points in his past three outings from the blueline. He said prior to the start of the year that he prefers to play defense and he appears to be doing his best to stay back there.
Dec 10 - 9:32 AM

Dustin Byfuglien played his second straight game on the back end on Sunday and he logged 28:08 of ice time in a 4-3 overtime loss to Anaheim.

He saw 26:24 of playing time versus Colorado last Friday. Byfuglien hasn't been slowed offensively despite his move to the blueline. He has found the back of the net in four straight games and he's chipped in an assist as well. Byfuglien also has 21 shots on goal during that span.
Dec 8 - 9:47 AM

Dustin Byfuglien will get his first shifts on defense this season along side Ben Chiarot on Friday night vs. Colorado.

Big Buff has 11 points, just five goals, in 26 games up at forward this season. A far cry from what was expected of him coming into the season. Then again, his shooting percentage is just 6% over 84 shots thus far.
Dec 5 - 6:38 PM

Dustin Byfuglien will move back to defense after the Jets were hit hard by the injury bug.

Zach Bogosian, Grant Clitsome and Tobias Enstrom are all out with injuries, so Byfuglien will play as a defenseman. He has five goals and 11 points in 26 games this season as a winger.
Dec 4 - 6:11 PM

Dustin Byfuglien scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over Edmonton.

Byfuglien picked up an assist on Jacob Trouba's first period goal, and tied the game with 3:06 remaining in the third period. The 29-year-old was also a plus-2 tonight. He has five goals and 11 points in 26 games this season. Mathieu Perreault scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
Dec 3 - 11:49 PM

Dustin Byfuglien scored a goal in Winnipeg's 2-1 overtime loss to Boston on Friday.

Byfuglien's power play goal opened the scoring. It was the only goal scored in the game until Milan Lucic beat Jets' goalie Michael Hutchinson at the 3:05 mark of the third period. The goal was only Byfuglien's second in his last 19 games. The 29-year-old has four goals and nine points overall this season. Evander Kane and Mark Scheifele picked up the assists on the Byfuglien goal.
Nov 28 - 10:12 PM

Dustin Byfuglien scored his third goal of the year in Thursday's 4-3 loss to Detroit.

He gave the Jets a 1-0 lead in the contest early in the second period, with assists going to linemates Evander Kane and Mathieu Perreault. Byfuglien snapped a 14-game goalless drought in the process.
Nov 21 - 7:34 AM

Dustin Byfuglien had an up and down evening Tuesday as he and his Winnipeg teammates were shut out by the Canadiens by a score of 3-0.

The forward-turned-defenseman-turned-forward was saddled with a minus-3 rating in the loss, but he did offer some production to his fantasy owners with seven shots on goal to accompany seven hits. Look for more of the same as the season progresses.
Nov 11 - 11:18 PM

Dustin Byfuglien has been bounced between lines in the early part of the season.

In Sunday's overtime win over Colorado, he skated on the left side with Adam Lowry and Chris Thorburn. Byfuglien had high praise for the rookie Lowry. He has two goals and one assist in eight games.
Oct 28 - 6:40 AM

Dustin Byfuglien was utilized in front of the opposition goal during power-play situations in Tuesday's win over Carolina.

"I liked that and I liked the structure," said coach Paul Maurice, who previously wanted Byfuglien on the point to put his big shot to use. "We're not getting enough from our back end up front, so he is keyed on at the blue line and in the shooting lanes especially when he is on the wide side on a 1-3-1, when he is on the backdoor looking for the seam play or the one-timer. Teams are playing him the way some teams play (Alex) Ovechkin on that side, not giving him that look anymore." The Jets still don't have a power-play goal this season.
Oct 23 - 9:52 AM

Dustin Byfuglien played a strong game for the Jets in Tuesday's win over Carolina.

He scored his second goal of the season late in the second period to round out the scoring in a 3-1 victory. Byfuglien finished the contest with four shots and four hits. He also logged a game-high 7:19 of ice time on the power play, but Winnipeg went 0-for-5 on the night.
Oct 22 - 7:56 AM

Dustin Byfuglien replaced Evander Kane (knee) on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler on Saturday night.

The Jets were shutout by the Sharks, but this is positive news for Byfuglien's fantasy owners. He should have plenty of opportunity to produce points playing on Scheifele's left. Kane is expected to miss at least two weeks with the injury.
Oct 12 - 12:17 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Bryan Little
2Mark Scheifele
3Mathieu Perreault
4Jim Slater
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Evander Kane
3Adam Lowry
4T.J. Galiardi
5Chris Thorburn
RW1Blake Wheeler
2Michael Frolik
3Matt Halischuk
4Anthony Peluso
D1Dustin Byfuglien
2Tobias Enstrom
3Jacob Trouba
4Zach Bogosian
5Grant Clitsome
6Mark Stuart
7Paul Postma
8Julien Brouillette
9Ben Chiarot
10Jay Harrison
11Adam Pardy
G1Ondrej Pavelec
2Michael Hutchinson