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Dissecting newcomer Pionk: Can make nice plays and skates well, but stats tell a disturbing story

The outlook for the Winnipeg Jets’ upcoming season is currently hanging in limbo with their two big restricted free agent forwards unsigned and star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien on personal leave.

While you have to hope Byfuglien does what’s best for himself and his family, there’s no denying if he chooses to leave the game for good, it puts the Jets in a serious bind defensively after losing Tyler Myers and Ben Chiarot to free agency and trading Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers.

The immediate return in the Trouba trade is Neal Pionk, a 24-year-old defenceman who is a bit of a conundrum.