Sunday, July 17, 2011

July-lights: July 17th, Byfuglien Walks Around The Sabres

Dustin Byfuglien was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks late in the '03 Entry Draft, in the 8th round, 245th overall. However, Byfuglien does not play like an 8th round draft pick. If GMs around the league would have known that he would develop into one of the best defense man in the league, one would have definitely grabbed him in the opening seven rounds.

Byfuglien will be playing in his seventh season come time for the puck to drop for the 2011-2012 season, and has racked up 241 games played, 75 goals, 87 assists, and 162 points. He has played for the Blackhawks where he helped win a Stanley Cup during the '09-'10 season and is now playing for, the former Atlanta Thrashers, the Winnipeg Jets.

However, Byfuglien is primarily known for his ability to come through at the most opportune moment having scored 23 game winning goals in his career, five of these came during the Blackhawks quest to hoist the Stanley Cup. Below is one of those game winning goals.

Picking up the puck in the defensive zone, Byfuglien elects to try to take the puck cost to coast. He came across the blueline on the outside of Sabres defense man, Steve Montador, and crossed him over beating him to the inside. Byfuglien then roofed the puck over the glove of Ryan Miller to win the game.

Winnipeg better watch out because "Big Buff" is coming.

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