Mathew Dumba
Mathew Dumba
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Minnesota Wild
Injury Pectoral
Est. Return 3/25/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Wild in July of 2018.
Finally surfaces on IR
DMinnesota Wild
January 2, 2019
Dumba (pectoral) is listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Dumba is expected to be out until late March with an injury that stems from his fight against Matthew Tkachuk in a Dec. 15 contest against the Flames. The Wild waited several weeks before placing Dumba on IR, but now that he's surfaced on that list, the Wild are free to call up another player from AHL Iowa.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Out a minimum of three months
DMinnesota Wild
December 26, 2018
Dumba had surgery Wednesday to repair a ruptured right pectoralis muscle and is expected to miss a minimum of three months.
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Will undergo surgery
DMinnesota Wild
Upper Body
December 21, 2018
Dumba will have surgery to address his upper-body injury. According to general manager Paul Fenton, "He's expected to have surgery next week...he will be out for a significant time."
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Facing extended absence
DMinnesota Wild
Upper Body
December 20, 2018
Dumba (upper body) is expected to miss "significant" time due to an upper-body injury, ranging from weeks to months and potentially putting his season in jeopardy, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Out for a week
DMinnesota Wild
Upper Body
December 17, 2018
Dumba has an upper-body injury and will probably miss the next week, according to head coach Bruce Boudreau.
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Leaves contest early
DMinnesota Wild
December 15, 2018
Dumba, who tussled with Matthew Tkachuk in Saturday's matinee against the Flames, left the contest after 5:37 of ice time due to an apparent injury.
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