Atlanta Thrasher Dustin Byfuglien Has Silenced Critics With His Defense

November 29th, 2010 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »
Dustin Byfuglien is gaining a growing legion of followers in Atlanta and with good reason.

Byfuglien and the new and improved Thrashers team is jelling and recently has made life difficult for a lot of top-tier teams.

Byfuglien scored a goal and three assists as the Thrashers won their fifth straight game.The legend is growing. Byfuglien is the Thrashers' leading scorer and is plus-5 all while patrolling the blueline.

The converted defenseman leads the team in scoring (25 points) and is tied for the lead in goals (9). He had a goal and two assists in the opening period as the Thrashers jumped to a 3-0 lead. Byfuglien has four goals and six assists in a five-game point streak. Ironically, his goal total alone is more than previous Atlanta star performer Ilya Kovalchuk has scored for the New Jersey Devils all season long.

Byfuglien also leads all NHL defensemen in points and goals. His four-point performance tied Jaroslav Modry’s franchise record for points in a game by a defenseman, set Dec. 26, 2005.

Most NHL scribes forecasted that Thrasher defensemen would benefit greatly from the team strategy of optimizing f ...

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