Arber Xhekaj in a brawl against the Bruins
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Arber Xhekaj impresses once again by behaving like Dustin Byfuglien

Published March 15, 2024 at 7:05 PM

When he was in the NHL, Dustin Byfuglien was clearly one of the physically strongest men in the league. When he went after another player, that player had to think twice.

He notably took on two players at once in a brawl, which garnered significant attention. His physical dominance was evident, and nobody came close to matching him.

Arber Xhekaj once again demonstrated his physical superiority during Thursday's game against the Bruins. Jake Evans was grappling with two players, and the sheriff took them away effortlessly. He handled both without even breaking a sweat.

What's most impressive is that he's repeating these kinds of scenes more and more often. He remains disciplined but is outright removing opponents from his teammates' backs, even when it's two at a time.

"I have to laugh every time I see Arber Xhekaj from the Habs grab two opposing players in a brawl and drag them away. Strong as an ox." - Stu Cowan

Xhekaj has a similar profile to Byfuglien. The former defenseman was drafted in the 8th round and Xhekaj never was, even though there are 7 rounds today. They're both very strong, with a cannon shot from the blue line.

Hopefully, Arber's career will be longer than Dustin's, who abruptly retired at 33.

March 15   |   378 answers
Arber Xhekaj impresses once again by behaving like Dustin Byfuglien

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