8:14 AM EDT, Mon September 22, 2014
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FlightZone: Pavelec Starts; Hutchinson Finishes

Byfuglien finds playing D fun, Arizona's PP coach is awesome, and the value of video. According to the one and only P-Willy (Patrick Williams of NHL.com), Ondrej Pavelec will get the start tonight and Michael Hutchinson will finish the game. I think this is a sign of things to come. Only thing I contend with here is the idea that Mark Scheifele is a better number 1 centre based on size. Dustin Byfuglien had fun playing defence and is sad he isn't playing D anymore. The Minnesota Wild's lineup for tonight's game. Powerplay coaches can do a whole lot to improve a teams powerplay. John...
Winnipeg Sun Sep 21, 2014
Byfuglien ready for full season in hybrid role with Jets

Byfuglien ready for full season in hybrid role with Jets

If Dustin Byfuglien is excited about remaining a forward, he's doing a good job of keeping it to himself
Artic Ice Hockey Sep 19, 2014
Zone Deployment Optimization: Comparing Dustin Byfuglien at forward and defense in all three zones

Zone Deployment Optimization: Comparing Dustin Byfuglien at forward and defense in all three zones

Where does Byfuglien play best in all three zones? Recently Justin Bourne released a must-read article determining whether optimal deployment of Dustin Byfuglien is as a forward or defenseman. Bourne used video to study Byfuglien's habits under both deployments, much like a NHL coach would. In the article, Bourne shows examples of the typical defensive zone shift with Byfuglien the forward versus the defender. He then comes to the conclusion that Byfuglien is a better blue-line player than forward. But what do the on-ice results say? Last week AIH introduced a new way to evaluate and study...
Artic Ice Hockey Sep 15, 2014

FlightZone: Chevy Talks A Lot

Chevy does a few interviews, Lombardi on analytics, and the Leafs decide to be smart. Bob McKenzie interviewed Kevin Cheveldayoff in Penticton. Chevy wants you to remember that the Jets did extend Mark Stuart for 4 years. An entertaining, if not accurate season preview for the Jets. Ed Tait wonders why the Jets shouldn't have young players on the team. Kevin McCartney is in Penticton and had a comprehensive review of the Jets/Flames game. Dustin Byfuglien is a better defenceman than forward, but if you play him in front of Pavelec, he is a bad defenceman. Puckdaddy did a season preview...
Artic Ice Hockey Sep 11, 2014

How would Dustin Byfuglien look defending in front of Tuuka Rask?

Looking at what the numbers say Dustin Byfuglien's goal differential would be on a different team for 2010-14. This question was asked over the internet recently. Not specifically to me, but it looked like a fun exercise. So, I took a look at answering the question with two different methods. Dustin Byfuglien has played as a defender for this franchise for four years (well... one of them was part forward, part defenseman). In that time he has out shot his opponents 2686 to 2436 for 5v5 situations, giving him an impressive shot differential of +250. While Byfuglien's shot differential is...

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