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Dustin Byfuglien | Winger

Team: Winnipeg Jets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/27/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 265
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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

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Dustin Byfuglien amassed 16 penalty minutes in the Jets’ 3-0 loss to the Sharks on Saturday night.

While he finished a minus-one, he also led the Jets with five shots on goal, so fantasy owners were probably OK with his stat line. Another 20-goal, 55-point season is probably realistic for Byfuglien.
Oct 12 - 1:54 AM

The injury to Evander Kane has created an opportunity for Dustin Byfuglien.

"Big Buff", who started the season on the Jets' third line alongside Mathieu Perreault and Adam Lowry, will now get to play with Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele on the team's top unit. Matt Halischuk will likley take Byfuglien's spot on the third unit. Needless to say, Byfuglien is a must start Saturday when Winnipeg faces off against the Sharks.
Oct 11 - 2:09 PM

Dustin Byfuglien returned to Jets' practice on Friday, but admits that it will be difficult to adjust to being a full-time forward because of the amount of time he missed due to injury.

"It's never easy to jump in and go and just have chemistry right off the hop," said Byfuglien. "And I think it's kind of a big thing to go into a season not playing forward a lot. And getting some chemistry with a line would have been good, but we're going to have to go the other route." Whether he plays as a forward or on defense, Byfuglien should rack up a decent amount of points.
Oct 4 - 11:58 AM

Coach Paul Maurice is hopeful that Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) will be able to play in Saturday's preseason finale.

He hasn't been on the ice since Winnipeg's exhibition opener, which may limit his minutes on opening night of the regular season. Byfuglien has been dealing with a minor lower-body injury and the Jets haven't pushed him because they don't want the lingering ailment to worsen.
Oct 2 - 9:44 AM

Dustin Byfuglien is still out with a minor lower-body injury.

"He's getting better every day," coach Paul Maurice said. "We're just waiting for it, to get a real strong sense of it." It doesn't sound like Byfuglien will be out of action for much longer, but lingering issues can be concerning if they aren't taken care of at the right time. However, he isn't expected to miss time at the start of the regular season.
Sep 30 - 4:02 PM

Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) didn't skate again on Sunday.

He's still considered to be day-to-day with what has been referred to as a lingering injury. Byfuglien played limited minutes in the third period during of a preseason game a week ago. His status isn't clear at this time, but it may be just be the Jets being cautious.
Sep 29 - 9:05 AM

Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) skipped practice on Tuesday.

He saw limited minutes during the third period on Monday because of a minor lower-body injury. According to the Jets, the ailment is something that has been lingering, but it is not considered serious.
Sep 24 - 6:14 AM

Dustin Byfuglien scored a goal for Winnipeg in Monday's 2-1 preseason victory over the Wild.

Big Buff netted a power play marker with a slap shot in the second period while Bryan Little added an insurance marker in the third. Ondrej Pavelec was perfect in 30 minutes of action, stopping all 15 shots he faced, while Michael Hutchinson relieved him and blocked 12 of 13 during his stint.
Sep 22 - 10:51 PM

Dustin Byfuglien's play as a forward and a power-play defenseman is likely to continue this season.

He went from a minus-16 to minus-4, while producing 10 goals and 12 assists in 32 games after he was moved to forward. Byfuglien ended up tying his previous career high with 20 goals and he set a new personal best with 56 points in 78 games last campaign.
Sep 18 - 9:35 AM

There are strong arguments for and against putting Winnipeg Jets "rover" Dustin Byfuglien back on defense.

Ultimately, many lean toward keeping him on D rather than at forward, even if there are good arguments both ways (The Score did a great breakdown of that today). The important thing is that Byfuglien is likely to get F/D distinction, making him a pretty unique asset.
Source: The Score
Sep 13 - 6:14 PM

Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien has reportedly been involved in discussions between the Jets and Panthers for the number one pick in this weekend's NHL Draft.

The rumored deal would see Big Buff go to Florida along with the ninth overall selection in the draft in exchange for Florida's number one overall pick. As it stands, the deal is nothing more than one of many unsubstantiated rumors floating around, but we'll pass along the details if it comes to fruition.
Jun 26 - 9:32 PM

Dustin Byfuglien would prefer to start next season back on defense.

He was asked if he expected to start next season as a forward and he said: "I hope not. It's been done before, so it wasn't the end of the world. I just had to go do my job, that's it. I always prefer defense first but whatever they tell me to do, I'll just go do it." Coach Paul Maurice plans to have Byfuglien on the wing again.
Apr 14 - 9:43 AM

The current plan is for Dustin Byfuglien to start the 2014-15 campaign as a forward.

That's coming from head coach Paul Maurice though, who hasn't committed to sticking with the club beyond the 2013-14 campaign. If Maurice decides not to re-sign with the Jets, then the plans surrounding Byfuglien could change.
Apr 13 - 2:20 PM

Dustin Byfuglien won't play again this season because of a muscle tear to his upper-body injury.

The Jets play three times this week to close out their 2013-14 season. Byfuglien will finish the year with 20 goals and 56 points in 78 games. He made a positive transition to forward after starting out on defense and it wouldn't be surprising if he played on the wing again next campaign.
Apr 7 - 1:05 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
2Dustin Byfuglien
3Michael Frolik
4Matt Halischuk
5Anthony Peluso
D1Tobias Enstrom
2Zach Bogosian
3Jacob Trouba
4Grant Clitsome
5Mark Stuart
6Adam Pardy
7Paul Postma
G1Ondrej Pavelec
2Michael Hutchinson