Breakout Athletes of 2010

Dustin Byfuglien

Dustin Byfuglien

''Big Buf'' became a huge story during the Blackhawks' run to their first Stanley Cup in 49 years when he was converted from defenseman to power forward and proceeded to score 11 goals and 16 points in 22 postseason games. With Chicago squeezed by the salary cap, the 6-5, 265-pound Byfuglien (pronounced Buff-lin) was traded during the summer to the Thrashers, who raised eyebrows by restoring him to the blueline. But after his first 32 games of the 2010-11 season, Byfuglien's 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) were good for the NHL scoring lead among defensemen and, at plus-five, he was in the early running for the Norris Trophy.

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