What's the cost of Dustin Byfuglien at forward versus defense

Garret Hohl
February 11 2015 04:03AM

There's no use arguing which Dustin Byfuglien is better. That battle is long over and gone. The All-Star defensemen version over the last two seasons surpasses the forward version in all measures: points per game, points per sixty, Corsi... even goal differentials. The team performs better with Byfuglien on ice as a defender than on ice as a forward. The coach knows it, and the numbers know it.

Reality isn't as simple as that though. Where Byfuglien performs better is not necessarily best for the team. This is dependent on opportunity costs; the difference between Byfuglien at a certain position and the next best alternative.

We will run a little experiment in trying to estimate the true impact of moving Byfuglien between forward and defense, given the Jets current depth.

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Jets Nation Recap: That's two!

Garret Hohl
February 10 2015 09:36PM

The Winnipeg Jets knew a lot was on the line today and played that way. They came off strong in the first period, dominating in possession, chances, and shots, but Dubnyk kept Minnesota in it. The game ended up going into OT with a 1:1 score, and Byfuglien buried it with a sweet snipe for the Jets 2nd ROW in a row.

Read past the jump for more.

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Report: Sabres are the most aggressive team in pursuit of Evander Kane, potential deal could include Tyler Myers

Thomas Drance
February 10 2015 06:14PM

With an eye towards accumulating assets to help them down the road, the Buffalo Sabres are reportedly among the most aggressive teams pursuing injured Winnipeg Jets power forward Evander Kane.

Could a potential package that the Sabres might offer the Jets include Tyler Myers? It's possible, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

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Future NHEhlers - February 10th, 2015

Josh W
February 10 2015 05:00PM

Welcome back to our second edition of Future NHEhlers, where we review all the latest in Jets non-AHL prospects and how they have been performing. I am currently writing from Helsinki, Finland where my body's internal clock is screwed up and it is 30 degrees warmer than back in Ottawa.

Read on past the jump for all your latest in Jets Prospects news.

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JGD #56: Let's make it two!

Garret Hohl
February 10 2015 02:52PM

Last Sunday the Winnipeg Jets pulled off their first victory after a six game losing skid. Now the Jets look to build off their win this evening against the Minnesota Wild at the MTS Center. 

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