...the Minnesota Wild select defenseman Mathew Dumba to join the State of Hockey. Dumba, out of Calgary, joins a long of first round picks including Jonas Brodin and Zack Phillips (2011), Mikael Granlund (2010), Brent Burns (2003), Mikko Koivu (2001) and Marian Gaborik (2000).
Dumba has spent the past three seasons with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League where he played with Wild prospect Darcy Kuemper and 2011 first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Matt is a bluechip prospect who put up 57 points (20G-37A) in 69 games. He also has leadership skills, captaining Canada's U-18 team to a bronze medal this year (playing with Slater Koekkoek) and put up 12 points. The 6 foot defenseman has offensive skills, skates hard and has a high upside, all things that Minnesota covets.
We'll have more on this selection later and whether Dumba joins the shelf of success of mantle of busts. Until then, you can't read his profile because for the second straight year we didn't do one. Honestly, we didn't think he would but after some discussions with the Maple Leafs and an the off-the-board selection by Anaheim, Chuck Fletcher and Brent Flahr will take the defenseman to their already stacked prospect pool.