Chicago Blackhawks' run to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, when he seemingly emerged as one of the top young power forwards in the NHL, one would expect Dustin Byfuglien would have little interest in ever switching back to defense again.
That was hardly the case.
When he was acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers in a major trade over the summer, GM Rick Dudley immediately approached Byfuglien about returning to man the blue line. Not only didn't he meet any resistance, it turned out Byfuglien was a fan of the idea.
"When I got traded, right away we talked about going back to defense," the 25-year-old Byfuglien said. "I think it's just the confidence and just the ability to be able to realize you can take your time, shoot the puck and just get it on net."