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Byfuglien will return to forward for Tuesday's game against the Stars, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Byfuglien has delivered his best production this season while playing at defenseman, but injuries to Mathieu Perreault (lower body) and Blake Wheeler (undisclosed) have the Jets short on high-end talent at the wing. As a result, Byfuglien will slot in on the Jets' second line, joining Mark Scheifele and Drew Stafford. How long Byfuglien remains at forward will likely be dictated by how much time Wheeler will be forced to miss due to the injury.
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Byfuglien will continue to slot in as a defenseman for Thursday's game against the Capitals, NHL.com reports.The Jets lost Mathieu Perreault and Drew Stafford to injuries in their previous game Monday in Edmonton, but with Stafford slated to return Thursday, coach Paul Maurice won't have to do too much tinkering with his lineup. As a result, Byfuglien will be able to remain at his preferred spot on defense, where he's been a surprisingly more productive scorer on the season. He'll stick with usual defensive partner Ben Chiarot.
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Byfuglien picked up two assists in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over the Red Wings.Byfuglien has moved back to defense the last two games and has continued to excel, contributing three assists and nine shots on goal during that time. He'll of course hold more value in leagues where he's eligible on defense, but outside of shallow formats, it's probably still justifiable to roster him at forward. He's been that good while playing on the blue line this season.
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Coach Paul Maurice confirmed Wednesday that Byfuglien will move back to defense for Thursday's game against the Predators.Byfuglien has jockeyed between forward and defense all season, but had seen most of his time at the former position over the last week. However, he had tallied two of his three points in Sunday's game and Tuesday's game-winning goal while playing on the blue line, where he's surprisingly noticed his most productivity this season. Over 25 games while playing on defense, Byfuglien has racked up seven goals and 22 points, compared to seven goals and 15 assists in 31 games at forward. For leagues where Byfuglien is eligible at defenseman, he should remain among the very best fantasy contributors.
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Byfuglien scored with a minute left in overtime Tuesday to deliver a 2-1 win over Minnesota.That's the second straight game finding twine for Byfuglien, who'd been held scoreless for four in a row before finding his stride again. He remains one of the better defensive plays in fantasy, even when he's playing forward.
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Byfuglien scored a power-play goal, had two assists and recorded a team-high six shots on goal in Sunday's win over Colorado.
A strong outing from Big Buff, who had been held scoreless in his last four games. Currently playing forward, the 29-year-old is a great own in almost all formats. With 101 PIM, 166 shots on goal, 13 goals, 164 hits and a plus-8 rating, there really aren't many fantasy categories Byfuglien isn't contributing in. Whatever position he plays, he'll find a way to produce, so make sure he's in your lineup every game.
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Byfuglien again practiced at forward Friday, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Byfuglien played as a forward during Tuesday's game against the Canucks, and he has practiced up front all week. With Evander Kane (shoulder) still sidelined, Byfuglien figures to again work as a forward in Friday's game against the Blackhawks.
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Byfuglien continued to practice at forward Thursday while Evander Kane (undisclosed) was absent, Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Byfuglien reentered the lineup at forward during Tuesday's game in Vancouver after Kane was made a surprising healthy scratch. There's speculation that Kane may be under some sort of internal suspension, so it's tough to tell at this juncture how long Byfuglien will remain at forward. The move back to defense early in December seemed to revitalize Byfuglien, who earned an All-Star nod after posting eight goals and 16 assists over January and February. Ideally, the Jets would utilize Byfuglien on their top defensive pairing to give them an elite puck-mover at the back end.
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Byfuglien picked up 14 PIM in Saturday's loss to the Stars.
Byfuglien is contributing in almost every fantasy category, racking up 12 goals, 33 points, 97 PIM, 152 shots on goal, and a plus-8 rating in 51 games this season. Averaging a whopping 23:05 of ice time, Big Buff is a great fantasy play in almost all formats. Keep him rolling.
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Despite the Jets now having an abundance of depth at the blue line, Byfuglien will continue to play as a defenseman, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Winnipeg has been plagued by injuries to their defensive core all season. However, with the recent returns of Jacoub Trouba and Mark Stuart from injury, the Jets' blue line club has suddenly become crowded. This won't effect Byfuglien, however, who will continue to fulfill his role as a jack-of-all-trades defender. Byfuglien has had an outstanding All-Star caliber season, registering 31 points, 83 PIM, 141 hits and 46 blocks through 47 games with the Jets this year.