Toby Enstrom got a big new contract in the off-season, and so far the Jets are getting their money's worth from the defenceman.
Even before Dustin Byfuglien got hurt two games ago, Enstrom was logging significantly more ice time this season than last. The results have been mixed defensively, but they have been spectacular from an offensive point of view.
Enstrom already has a pair of three-point games after recording none last year, he leads the team with 11 points, and he is currently riding a six-game point streak that matches a career high.
"It's always fun to score goals or points, but in the end what it comes down to is winning," Enstrom said Sunday. "We had a rough road trip here, so it's going to feel good to get back home and get back on track here."
A few times this season the Swedish blue-liner has had trouble handling the puck with that massive stick of his, but he has been credited with only two giveaways through eight games. Despite the stats telling a positive story, Enstrom agrees he can improve.
"I have some up and downs, but that's just how it works," he said. "You have to forget the bad stuff and focus on the good ones. It's a short season, and I really want to help out the team to make the playoffs here. That's what I'm looking for."
Enstrom might have to be the main man on the blue-line for a while if Byfuglien, his regular defence partner, is out for an extended period of time. Last season Enstrom played 25 minutes or more 32% of the time. This year he's done so in six of eight games, or 75% of the time, which is also because Zach Bogosian hasn't played yet following off-season wrist surgery. That's a lot of hockey, but nothing seems to bother the soft-spoken Swede who shuns media attention almost more than Byfuglien.
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