Introducing The Defensemen


Dustin Byfuglien

Age: 26

Drafted: 2003 8th round (245th overall) by Chicago

Last amateur team: Prince George (WHL)

Byfuglien scored 20 goals and had 52 points from the blueline. He played the softest minutes on the team (55.6% ozone starts) but played against a decent QualComp (+.018). I would like to see him play tougher minutes and against tougher competition next year, but he played very well (20.7 CorsiRel) in the situations he was in last year. He’ll never be a defensive stalwart, but a poor man’s Mike Green isn’t the worst thing, even if the previous regime overpaid him.

Zach Bogosian

Age: 21

Drafted: 2008 1st round (3rd overall) by Atlanta

Last amateur team: Peterborough (OHL)

I already covered Bogosian, but I like him and think the Jets should re-sign him.

Ron Hainsey

Age: 30

Drafted: 2000 1st round (13th overall) by Montreal

Last amateur team: UMass-Lowell (Hockey East)

Hainsey played the easiest competition amongst Thrasher D men last year, and didn’t really take advantage, with only .05 goals per 60 and .19 primary assists per 60 (though he did have the best secondary assist rate on the team). He played quite a bit on the penalty kill and actually played fairly well out there.

Tobias Enstrom

Age: 27

Last team: MODO (SEL)

Drafted: 2003 8th round (239th overall) by Atlanta

Enstrom looks like he could develop into a reliable power play guy. He had the 2nd best CorsiRel amongst D-men, but he took even more shifts in the offensive zone than Byfuglien and played against easier competition.

Mark Stuart

Covered him as well. Verdict: yuck.

Johnny Oduya

Age: 30

Drafted: 2001 7th round (221st overall) by Washington

Last amateur team: Moncton (QMJHL)

Oduya played against pretty easy competition and had the worst Corsi RelQoC amongst Dmen with 60+ games played. He had better improve in a hurry.


Paul Potsma – playing mostly in the NHL Potsma looks like a decent power play quarterback. Problem is, he would be the third best one (and maybe 4th) on the team.

Arturs Kulda – Played with Bogosian in the OHL for a bit, he also looks like a decent offensive defenseman.

Zach Redmond – Played with Ferris State, and was named a 1st team all-CCHA defenseman by a super reputable source.

Will O’Neill – Played at Maine this year, O’Neill is yet another defenseman best suited to an offensive role. I sense a theme.


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