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09 OCT 2015: Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates during the second period of the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Winnipeg Jets played at the Prudential Center in Newark,NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
From The Ice

Team USA to play Dustin Byfuglien as forward, Quick to start

The pre-tournament round leading up to the start of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey continues tonight with Team USA taking on Team Finland and the USA squad looks to be moving defenseman Dustin Byfuglien from the blue line to a forward position.

Byfuglien, 31, is not the first player to switch roles on the ice. In the two-way player age taking a player and moving them to the opposite role helps develop more skill sets that can eventually lead to a better offensive defenseman or a defensive forward.

Earlier in the pre-tournament games teammate Ryan Kesler took some time off as a forward to play goalie.

No stranger to playing as a forward, the 6’5”, 260-pound native of Minneapolis, Minnesota was part of the Chicago Blackhawks forward corp for a while during his time there as well.

In his first go with USA Hockey, Byfuglien looks to make the best out of whichever position he is selected to play.

Even with an experienced coaching staff making the roster decisions, the move does raise questions with some…

It is worth remembering the Kessel was injured and thus would have had to decline or drop off the roster due to the injury as others have done leading up to reporting for camp.

Team USA heads into the match up with Team Finland tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. with a 1-1 record after playing rival Canada back-to-back.

Other notes for tonight’s game:

You can catch tonight’s game action live at 7:00 p.m. EST on ESPN and following along on Twitter with @USAHockey and join the conversation with #WCH2016

Team USA to play Dustin Byfuglien as forward, Quick to start

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