Mathew Dumba
Mathew Dumba
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Minnesota Wild
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A ruptured chest muscle wiped out 50 games from Dumba's 2018-19 campaign and ultimately required surgery. The seventh-overall pick in 2012 flashed fantasy promise before that, however, notching 22 points (12 on the power play) in 32 games. His physical presence doesn't go unnoticed, either, as he's racked up 375 hits and has been a plus-25 in the past four seasons. Possessing a cannon for a shot, the 24-year-old's name should be called on the power play often next season, opening the door for point production. Dumba is expected to be ready for training camp, so fantasy owners should expect big things in 2019-20 barring any setbacks healthwise. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Wild in July of 2018.
Scores goal in season opener
DMinnesota Wild
October 4, 2019
Dumba scored a goal and had three shots on net in 25:24 of ice time in Thursday's season-opening loss to Nashville.
Dumba picked up right where he left off before his season-ending biceps injury last December, when he was averaging a career-high 0.69 points per game over 32 games. He'll be a mainstay on the power play again in 2019-20 -- he had 2:05 of ice time on the man advantage Thursday.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The seventh overall pick in 2012 has finally blossomed into a No. 1 defenseman. Dumba reached the 50-point mark last year while recording triple digits in both hits and blocked shots, all career highs, and having Ryan Suter as a mentor over the last few seasons has paid huge dividends in terms of settling down his game. The 24-year-old may not have reached his ceiling yet, either. While he set a career high last year in ice time he still played fewer than 24 minutes a night, and with Suter gracefully beginning to show his age, Dumba's workload will continue rising. Just one year after the franchise dodged a bullet by leaving him unprotected in the expansion draft, they made it clear that Dumba is a central part of the Wild's present and future, inking him to a five-year, $30 million deal.
Despite setting new career bests in goals (11), assists (23), rating (plus-15) and average ice time (20:20) last season, Dumba was surprisingly left unprotected from the expansion draft by the Wild, who have never seemed to truly appreciate what their 2012 first-round pick has to offer. The Golden Knights didn't take him, and the Wild will probably thank them for that even if Dumba leaves town after (or during) this season. The knock against Dumba has been that he doesn't always play within himself, taking unnecessary risks and putting himself in bad situations; however, saw his offense tick up in 2016-17 despite taking fewer shots, and he laid more hits and blocked more shots while cutting down on his giveaways. Still only 23, he’s got room to keep developing, and he’s established himself as Minnesota’s No. 3 defenseman behind Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon. Dumba has the upside to develop into a workhorse on the blue line, and with another increase in ice time (along with his typical power-play role) likely this year, he’s in great position to crack 40 points for the first time.
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.
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Makes preseason debut
DMinnesota Wild
September 18, 2019
Dumba had five shots on goal and two hits in 26:57 of ice time in Tuesday's preseason loss to Dallas.
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Shakes off illness
DMinnesota Wild
September 15, 2019
Dumba (illness) was back on the ice Sunday, participating in the team's scrimmage, Sarah McLellan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Dealing with illness
DMinnesota Wild
September 14, 2019
Dumba missed Saturday's practice due to an illness, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Ready for training camp
DMinnesota Wild
September 12, 2019
Dumba (pectoral) proclaimed himself "good to go" for the start of training camp Friday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Expected to be ready for camp
DMinnesota Wild
April 9, 2019
Dumba (pectoral) should be ready for training camp, according to Wild GM Paul Fenton.
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