Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 3 Days

Byfuglien scored his first goal since Oct. 20 in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings.

This season's been a struggle for Buff on the offensive end, but he continues to put plentiful pucks on net, and now that he's got the monkey off his back, his shots could start sneaking past opposing netminders more often.

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Byfuglien "knows that he is due, if not overdue" to start putting the puck in the net, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

While fantasy owners who play in leagues that employ the penalty minutes category have likely enjoyed the big winger's team leading 47 minutes in the box, Byfuglien hasn't yet produced much in terms of goals and assists, tallying only four points through the team's first 19 games. However, Byfuglien leads the Jets in shots on goal with 62, plays at the point on the team's second power play unit, and averages almost 20 minutes of ice time per game (good for seventh best on the team). As such, the odds that Byfuglien will start to enjoy some form of offensive success, whether it be tickling the twine or assisting his teammates, are certainly in his favor. If Byfuglien can pair respectable offensive point production with his strong defensive game (he's currently fourth in the league in PIM and tied for eighth in hits with 58), he'll cement himself as a valuable fantasy commodity for his owners.

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Byfuglien ripped off five shots and assisted on a first period goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Predators.

Byfuglien still hasn't found the back of the net in seven straight contests, but he was able to pick up his fourth point of the season in the win. The shots have been there of late, so the goals could come eventually especially given his 5.0% shot percentage, which is the lowest of his career.

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Byfuglien tallied an unassisted goal in Tuesday's victory over the Hurricanes.

Byfuglien has only two points (both goals) in his six games this season, but it certainly hasn't been due to a lack of effort. He's compiled 18 penalty minutes, 16 hits and a team-high 25 shots on goal, resulting in a plus-4 rating for the converted defenseman. Once the Jets get things clicking on a power-play unit that has yet to score in six games, the points could come in droves for Byfuglien, who has historically excelled with the man advantage.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 1 Month

Byfuglien was tagged with four penalties and spent 16 minutes in the box in Saturday's loss to the Sharks.

Byfuglien's extensive time in the sin bin resulted in him spending just 13:28 of the contest on the ice. He still managed to lead the team with five shots on goal in the defeat.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 1 Month

Byfuglien scored in the second period of Winnipeg's season opener on Thursday.

Byfuglien's goal resulted from a two on one with Blake Wheeler. Wheeler fed a wide open Byfuglien in the slot, who then finished from point blank range with his back hand. The goal is a promising sign for Byfuglien's owners, who hope the big man's move from defender to full-time forward will result in improved offensive production this season.

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Byfuglien (lower body) returned to practice Friday and declared himself fit to play, Paul Wiecek of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

Byfuglien admitted that it was a lower-body injury that had kept him out of most of training camp, making the transition back to a full-time role at forward a little more challenging than anticipated. The missed time has prompted coach Paul Maurice to table his plans of using Byfuglien in a top-six role for now, with the winger now likely to join the third line with Adam Lowry and Mathieu Perreault to start the season. While he won't play in Saturday's preseason finale, Byfuglien and Maurice are both confident that with a few more practices, he'll be able to establish some chemistry with his linemates and produce right away when the regular season gets underway. If that comes to fruition, it might not be long before Byfuglien is elevated to the second line, where he'd join Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd, both of whom compiled over 50 points last season.

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Byfuglien (undisclosed) was held out of Monday's exhibition loss to the Oilers, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

Byfuglien is considered day-to-day with the undisclosed ailment, but the Jets don't seem to think he'll be unavailable for the team's regular-season opener. He'll be tabbed for a full-time role at forward this season, though it's not quite certain who his linemates might be to start the year.

Dustin Byfuglien RW WPG 2 Months

Jets coach Paul Maurice reiterated Thursday that Byfuglien would "start and finish" training camp as a forward, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

This was to be expected after Byfuglien played exclusively at forward when Maurice replaced Claude Noel as coach in January, and it should only help Big Buff's fantasy value in leagues where he retains eligibility as a defenseman. Byfuglien racked up 10 goals and 12 assists over 32 games on the wing last season, scoring at a rate actually lower than what he provided at the blue line. However, with a full offseason to prepare for a role at forward, Byfuglien stands a good chance at boosting his per-game point totals, but perhaps only if he's able to land a spot on the first or second line.

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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.