The Winnipeg Jets boast some polarizing players such as Evander Kane and Ondrej Pavelec but none of them are quite like Dustin Byfuglien.

Really the NHL has seen few – if any – specimens who resemble Big Buff. The Jets franchise’s recent track record of moves suggests that they’re happy to watch their core grow yet some might wonder if the team would be wise to part ways with their hybrid defenseman-forward.

Let’s break down the factors at hand.

Breaking down

Breakdown is actually a useful phrase because some might worry that Byfuglien’s greatest asset – his mammoth size – might also be his greatest curse.

There’s no doubt that people wonder about his weight; in fact his condition will almost certainly be a story – good or bad – once Jets training camp rolls around.

More seriously he’s had some knee problems and other concerns which is troubling since he’s already 28. While there are examples of players aging like wine many only get worse with time (especially those with questionable fitness regimens).

Unique weapon

Word snobs fuss about the over-use of the word unique but it might be appropriate when it comes to Byfuglien.

With the possible exception of Brent Burns not many players can switch from forward to defense (or vice versa) and make an All-Star team that following season.