Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man insider all season long.
The Winnipeg Jets find themselves in good standing in the Central Division after one week of games and their deep group of offensive defensemen is a big reason why. Their top four in terms of minutes played have combined for 11 points (one goal) in their first three games.
Our No. 3-ranked defenseman, Dustin Byfuglien, is leading the way with four assists and that isn't shocking when you consider his history since joining the Jets.
Byfuglien has posted .55 points per game over his career, but that number jumps to .72 per game when you look just at his games played with the Jets. His shots per game also jumped from 2.99 to 3.73, which includes a season in which he took 347 shots.
The big rearguard has picked up two of his points on the power play and is averaging 4:24 of ice time with the extra man each night. He is also contributing in some lesser fantasy categories with nine hits and eight blocked shots.