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Top Guns: Winnipeg Jets Best Defensive Goalscorers

We take a look at some of the Jets top performers in underlying statistics, with now looking at defensemen.

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Over the past three seasons, underlying numbers have increased greatly in understanding for the general public. At the same time, Winnipeg has enjoyed three seasons of the Jets second edition as a NHL franchise.

In this mini-series, Arctic Ice Hockey takes a look at how the Jets' roster has performed in these metrics relative to each other in finding the best of the best.

We look at the same five areas, but this time with the Jets blue-line players.

Top Goalscoring Defensemen:

Player G/60 iFen/60
Dustin Byfuglien (3yr) 0.34 10.37
Jacob Trouba 0.34 7.88
Zach Bogosian 0.27 8.19
Paul Postma 0.24 5.55
Dustin Byfuglien (2yr) 0.23 10.67
Tobias Enstrom 0.23 4.13
Grant Clitsome 0.20 5.34
Mark Stuart 0.11 5.47
Keaton Ellerby* 0.09 3.72
Adam Pardy* 0.00 4.97

iFen/60 is the individuals non-blocked shot volume per an hour of 5v5 time
*Ellerby's and Pardy's numbers are only for their 2013-14 season, due to being new additions to the Jets
** Byfuglien's 2011-13 and 2011-14 numbers are shown since he split 5v5 time as both forward and defensman in the 2013-14 season


* We'll talk more about this later, but Byfuglien's goal differences are quite interesting. He almost doubled his normal goal output, despite putting up similar 5v5 point production. His goal production is top 5 for 2011-13 and 2011-14 for defenders with 1000+ 5v5 minutes.

* Trouba's numbers are promising of what a great player he is, but he will need to increase shot volume as his shooting percentage will likely fall as the sample increases.

* Byfuglien, Trouba, Bogosian, Enstrom, and Clitsome all finished in the NHL's top 60 for this department. Postma would have if his sample size had been large enough and trended steadily. There is no shortage of defenders who can put the puck in the net for the Jets at elite numbers for 5v5 situations.

* Oddly enough and maybe counter to the eye-test, Mark Stuart doesn't fall that far below league average, although Ellerby and Pardy fall in the bottom 20 NHL players with their expanded sample for 2011-14.