Dustin Byfuglein: The Difference Maker

June 9th, 2010 by Bryan Dietzler Leave a reply »
If there has been one constant throughout the Stanley Cup Finals for the Chicago Blackhawks, it’s been the play of left winger Dustin Byfuglein.  This team does well when Byfuglien is on his game, making plays and making a difference for the Blackhawks game in and game out. 

So what makes him so special?  Let’s take a look at what makes him such a difference maker and what the Hawks need him to do in Game Six to get a win and earn the right to be called NHL Champions.

Looking at Byfuglein, the first thing you notice is his size.  He is one of the bigger players out there on the ice (at any one time) and uses that size to get in position to make goals, position himself to help defend against them when the opposing team is attacking the goal.  Having a big body guy like that really helps and is one of the reasons why the Hawks are in the position that they are in right now.

Anyone who watched Game Five knows what getting a lot of contact on the opposing team’s primary offensive (or defensive weapon) can do. 

We watched as Byfuglein got some big hits on the Flyer’s Chris Pronger effective ...

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