Byfuglien adapting to added responsibilities for Jets

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien. (BRIAN DONOGH/Winnipeg Sun files)

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien. (BRIAN DONOGH/Winnipeg Sun files)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

Dustin Byfuglien has a new responsibility and it's one he's taken pride in during the early stages of the NHL season.

The Winnipeg Jets defenceman is leading his team in ice time (24 minutes and 14 seconds on average) through five games and part of the reason for that is that he's been added to the penalty-killing unit for the first time in his NHL career.

"It's been good so far, it's a little different," said Byfuglien, who was sporting five stitches above his left eye after taking a high stick from Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt in Friday's 4-1 loss. "But I can read the game fairly well, I know what the offence is thinking and what they're trying to do."

The commitment to being better in his own zone hasn't taken away from his offence either, as Byfuglien is tied for the team lead in points with six assists (regular defence partner Toby Enstrom also has six assists).

 


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