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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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As expected, an update on Dustin Byfuglien (upper body) won't come until Friday.
The Jets are off Thursday so it was unlikely that we would hear anything and a team spokesman confirmed that. Byfuglien suffered an upper-body injury in Wednesday's loss to Ottawa that forced him out of the game during the second period. Mar 5 - 3:05 PM

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Dustin Byfuglien exited Wednesday's game against Ottawa in the second period with an upper-body injury.

The Jets have an off-day Thursday, but the coach Paul Maurice said they should know more about Byfuglien's status. Hopefully, for the Jets and his fantasy owners it isn't anything serious.
Mar 5 - 10:27 AM

Dustin Byfuglien is projected to move back to defense Thursday versus the Blues.

"The depth of their forward unit, they're so dangerous with all three lines, having Dustin back on the blueline gives us a litte bit more depth," coach Paul Maurice said. "We think it makes us more evenly spread out, front and back." Eric O'Dell is slated to make his season debut and newly-acquired winger Jiri Tlusty will play his first game with the Jets.
Feb 26 - 5:50 PM

Dustin Byfuglien played mostly at forward in Saturday's overtime loss to Toronto.

He posted a minus-2 rating and five hits in Winnipeg's 4-3 defeat. Byfuglien logged 23:25 of ice time in the match. Depending on the status of Ben Chiarot, who was hurt Saturday night and had to leave the game, Byfuglien could play more on the back end on Tuesday versus Dallas.
Feb 23 - 8:05 AM

Dustin Byfuglien will remain on defense for Thursday's game versus Washington.

Drew Stafford (upper body) is fine to play, so Byfuglien will get to stay in his preferred position on the blueline instead of playing as a winger. He skated with Ben Chiarot during the team's morning session.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 19 - 1:53 PM

Dustin Byfuglien could be back at forward against Washington on Thursday night.

Mathieu Perreault is likely out for the rest of the regular season and Drew Stafford's status is unclear for the match. "We have a huge advantage, literally and figuratively, in that Dustin Byfuglien can transition up front and then be a powerful force," said coach Paul Maurice. "We've lost a top six forward in Mathieu and now put one back up." If Stafford does play then Byfuglien could be back on the blueline. The winger/defenseman has been a valuable part of he Jets' success this season. He stepped back into a defensive role when the team was banged up by injuries on the back end he flourished. Byfuglien has posted 14 goals, 40 points, 182 shots and 107 penalty minutes in 59 games.
Feb 19 - 9:56 AM

Dustin Byfuglien's 14th goal of the season was the overtime game-winner in a 2-1 victory for the Jets over Minnesota Tuesday.

Big Buff is enjoying an excellent season thus far, perhaps the best of his career. In leagues where he retains defense eligibility he's an invaluable fantasy commodity. Tobias Enstrom also scored for Winnipeg in the win.
Feb 11 - 12:13 AM

Dustin Byfuglien scored a goal and two assists in Sunday's 5-3 win over Colorado.

The Jets were down 1-0 after the first period but they exploded with a four-goal second period, and Byfuglien played a big part in that as all three of his points came in that frame. The 29-year-old assisted on goals from Mathieu Perreault and Bryan Little and he added his own goal 5:42 mark of the period. Byfuglien has 13 goals and 36 points in 55 games this season. The win snaps Winnipeg's six-game losing streak.
Feb 8 - 8:37 PM

Dustin Byfuglien practiced up front on Thursday.

He skated alongside Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault, which is where he played on Tuesday after Evander Kane was made a healthy scratch. Byfuglien has excelled since returning to the back end this season and he's not exactly thrilled to be back at forward. "Obviously it's not the ideal spot I want to be in right now," he said. "But we're a team and they needed a guy to fill that spot. And I'm the lucky guy." Kane missed the practice because he was getting checked out by team doctors.
Feb 5 - 2:57 PM

Dustin Byfuglien skated as a forward in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver.

He played with Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault after the Jets scratched Evander Kane. Michael Frolik was moved to Kane's line with Adam Lowry and Chris Thorburn, while Adam Pardy took Byfuglien's spot on the back end. In his return to forward, Byfuglien went scoreless with a minus-2 rating.
Feb 4 - 9:44 AM

Dustin Byfuglien enjoyed his All-Star experience over the weekend.

"Just being a part of all this, the group of guys in here, and enjoying everything," said Byfuglien when asked what his highlight was. "It's fun. It's the whole thing. It's the experience... the locker room, being outside, family. It's good to be a part of everything." He competed in the hardest shot event at the skills competition, where he fired a blast of 97.3 miles per hour, and he scored during the NHL Shootout competition. During the game, he had one assist and a minus-5 rating.
Jan 26 - 9:59 AM

The NHL, Winnipeg Jets, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League were unable to agree upon a suitable date for the Jets to host the 2016 Heritage Classic.

Bettman said, "hopefully we can schedule something for the following season. No firm plans to announce other than it's something we'd like to do because we very much wanted an outdoor game next season in Winnipeg." Winnipeg waited 14 years between Jets franchises, surely they can hold on just a bit longer for a much-deserved outdoor game.
Jan 24 - 6:31 PM

Dustin Byfuglien hopes that the Jets' blueline getting healthy doesn't result in him being shifted back to forward.

"I can't see myself going back to forward," Byfuglien said. Ultimately, it's not his call, but certainly his value in fantasy leagues comes from his eligibility as a defenseman. For this season he'll retain that eligibility either way, but if he stopped playing defense permanently, he would eventually lose that eligibility in subsequent years.
Jan 23 - 1:08 PM

Dustin Byfuglien has excelled since he returned to defense.

He has racked up 20 points in 21 games to go with a plus-7 rating. Byfuglien was moved to the back end because of injuries and he's played a large role in steadying the Jets. When Jacob Trouba returns from injury it's likely that Byfuglien will be staying on the back end.
Jan 20 - 9:37 AM

Dustin Byfuglien has been named the first star of the week.

Byfuglien had three goals and six points in four contests. That brings him up to 12 goals and 31 points in 47 games this season. Although he hasn't exclusively served as a defenseman this season, he has been serving in that capacity for a while now. From a fantasy perspective, he's been one of the top defensive options as he's recorded more than 50 points and 70 penalty minutes in each of his previous three seasons, excluding the lockout-shortened campaign.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 19 - 12:40 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Bryan Little
2Mark Scheifele
3Mathieu Perreault
4Jim Slater
5Patrice Cormier
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Adam Lowry
3Jiri Tlusty
4T.J. Galiardi
5Chris Thorburn
RW1Blake Wheeler
2Michael Frolik
3Drew Stafford
4Matt Halischuk
5Lee Stempniak
6Anthony Peluso
D1Dustin Byfuglien
2Toby Enstrom
3Tyler Myers
4Jacob Trouba
5Mark Stuart
6Paul Postma
7Adam Pardy
8Ben Chiarot
9Jay Harrison
G1Ondrej Pavelec
2Michael Hutchinson