Dustin Byfuglien

#33 D / Winnipeg Jets / EXP: 12YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 260 lb Age: 32 College: None

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  • Byfuglien (lower body) is not expected to be in the lineup versus Vancouver on Monday, per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun Byfuglien's absence will create a significant gap in the Jets' blue line considering he averages 23:40 of ice time, including 3:34 on the power play. While the defenseman is still looking for his first goal of the year, nine of his 15 assists have come with the man advantage. Tucker Poolman -- who has been a healthy scratch in 17 straight games -- will suit up in Byfuglien's stead.

  • Byfuglien left during the third period of Saturday's road contest against the Lightning with a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Winnipeg, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Byfuglien recorded a plus-1 rating, two hits, and a blocked shot before exiting the game. The 32-year-old defenseman had recorded five assists in the five games prior to Saturday, but still has yet to score his first goal of the season. His fantasy owners will be hoping this injury isn't serious, so he can try and get back to his scoring ways in short order.

  • Byfuglien picked up two power-play assists in a 5-0 victory against the Senators on Sunday. It's been an unusual start to the season for the 32-year-old defenseman. After 25 games, Byfuglien is still waiting for his first goal of the season, but he does have 13 assists (eight of which gave come on the man advantage). Byfuglein has always been a strong power-play guy, but he has never posted more points with the man advantage than at even strength in any campaign. However, Byfuglein's very best category this season has been PIM, as he is on pace for 150 PIM this season. The lack of even-strength production and scoring obviously hurts, but the veteran defenseman is still useful for special teams and PIM contributions.

  • Jets' Dustin Byfuglien: Still waiting on first goal
    By RotoWire Staff

    Byfuglien put up two more assists in Saturday's overtime loss to the Canadiens. He also had 10 PIM. Big Buff has nine points in 11 games, but is still looking for his first goal. That's a bit of a surprise given his double-digit goal scoring ways in every one of his full NHL seasons. Byfuglien should start to find twine, but his owners need to be prepared that at 32, his goal scoring may be on the decline. It's worth monitoring.

  • Byfuglien notched a power-play assist, plus-3 rating and four PIM in Sunday's 7-1 home rout over the Penguins. Winnipeg's top two-way defenseman is still in pursuit of his first goal this season, but he's quietly amassed five assists in six games since returning from a lower-body injury. Byfuglien does a little of everything, which ensures that he gets heavy ice time on a nightly basis. This season, he's averaging close to 24 minutes per contest.

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