D - FA
Dustin Byfuglien is currently away from the Winnipeg Jets training camp and is reportedly pondering his future in the NHL. There is no timeline for a decision, though it sounds like the Jets will give him all the time he needs to figure it out.
Losing Byfuglien on the Winnipeg Jets blueline would be a catastrophic loss for the team, especially after seeing Jacob Trouba traded to the New York Rangers in the offseason. In addition to losing Trouba, the Jets also lost Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot via free agency. If Byfuglien does decide to retire, move Josh Morrissey way up your defense rankings as he would likely quarterback the Jets top powerplay unit.
The Winnipeg Jets announced on Friday September 13th that they have granted Dustin Byfuglien a personal leave of absence from the team. No timeline for his return has been announced.
This is a wait and see scenario with Byfuglien. As always, the Jets are tight-lipped about what is going on, stating only that the issue is not related to Byfuglien's health. Assuming Byfuglien returns to the team prior to opening night, he should assume his place on the Jets top powerplay unit as well as log 25-30 minutes a night.
Dustin Byfuglien scored a goal and doled out an assist in Winnipeg's 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues Sunday night.
Byfuglien has been having a fantastic post-season with five points in three games played so far.
Dustin Byfuglien dished out assists on Patrik Laine's and Mark Scheifele's goals in Winnipeg's 4-3 loss to the Blues Friday.
Byfuglien is having a fine post-season with the Jets as he has tallied three assists and a minus-one rating through two games played so far. His physical presence will have to become even more pronounced for Winnipeg to overcome the 2-0 series deficit facing them.
Dustin Byfuglien provided the secondary assist to Patrik Laine's lone goal of the night as the Jets would fall to the Blues 2-1 in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Byfuglien's playoff experience should benefit Winnipeg like it did last year as he racked up 16 points in 17 games played in 2018.