23-Year-Old Defenseman – Minnesota Wild
Mathew Dumba Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract with the Wild in July 2016.
Dumba had an assist and two shots on goal in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jackets.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Dumba’s first full NHL season brought us double-digit goals, and his dozen power-play points represented nearly half his total production. The seventh overall pick in 2012 has all the tools you look for in an offensive defenseman – he can skate, he can shoot, and he’s playing an increasingly physical game. He enters his age-22 season poised for a bigger role and a potentially major breakout, as last year’s 10 goals and 26 points came while the tantalizing young blueliner averaged only 16:50 of ice time. Dumba is still not a polished defender, which may prevent him from racking up major minutes this year; his point total will depend on how big a role he enjoys, so monitor his ice time carefully.
Dumba, the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft, saw his first significant playing time in the NHL last season and showed glimpses of becoming a productive scorer. He emerged in the second half of the season with nine points in his last 25 games. His booming shot will get him time on the team's top power play unit. He'll need to improve on the defensive end to win a role among the top two defensemen pairings, but he's a potential breakout candidate in his second full season in Minnesota.
Dumba has been a force on the ice at every level he's played. He has a strong shot at making the parent club, but there's going to be stiff competition from a handful of young defensemen that will also get a chance at claiming one of the open spots in Minnesota. Dumba could surprise and have a stellar rookie year, but he could also spend a significant amount of time playing in the AHL as well. He's not draftable in redraft leagues this season, but if he starts getting regular time with Minnesota, keep an eye on him. He has serious offensive upside and could prove to be a key waiver pickup.
Dumba, the Wild’s 2012 first-round pick, played most of the season for WHL Red Deer, recording 42 points in 62 games. He could make the Wild roster this season and has upside even at age 19 as he moves the puck adroitly and packs a massive point shot. Watch him in training camp before you add him to your re-draft league cheat sheet.
Big fights, big goals, big personality – that’s Mathew Dumba, the most exciting offensive defenseman in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Not only can he carry the puck end-to-end, he moves the puck adroitly and packs a massive point shot. And then there’s the swagger – his hits are enough to knock the molars out of a guy’s mouth. He profiles like a shorter, but better skating (and smarter) Dion Phaneuf. He needs to bulk up before he can be effective in the NHL. But he’s going to be very, very good once he arrives. Stash him in deep keeper formats and wait -- he could arrive in two or three years.