As rare as it is for a late-round NHL draft pick to become a bona fide star, it is even more unusual that he would become a star at two positions. Byfuglien is that rare player, and he has delivered high-level play as a forward and a defenseman in the NHL.
An eighth-round pick (No. 245) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2003 NHL Draft, the Minneapolis-born Byfuglien is an intimidating presence at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds. Despite his linebacker-sized frame, Byfuglien is an above average skater who can take opponents off their games with his big shot, big body and big hockey IQ.