If This Lockout Ever Ends, Mathew Dumba May Be Recalled

Although he is currently serving a two-game suspension for a hit to the head, 2012 first round pick Mathew Dumba is on another list. And this one isn't naughty.
According to the great Bob McKenzie Tuesday, every NHL team had to make a list in August of players drafted out of the CHL they would recall once it was possible and for the Wild their lone player is Mathew Dumba.

This is an interesting situation because normally the CHL-NHL agreement a one-way street for these players. Under the recently expired agreement they get a chance to make the NHL team and be in camp before getting sent to their junior team. With few emergency exceptions it doesn't go the other way but the Lockout currently is keeping them in the CHL to start the year.

The lasting effects of the Wild having Dumba on the "CHL loophole" list will be known more once there is a new collective bargaining agreement with the CHL-NHL deal. The work stoppage doesn't effect Minnesota as other teams for training camp because every prospect who has a chance to make the NHL besides Dumba is eligible to play in the AHL.

For now, however, it does show that the brass wants to get a second look at this summer's seventh overall pick rather than leave Dumba to his own devices. While they normally call up CHL players who have signed contracts for training camp - recent examples include Zack Phillips and Brett Bulmer - Minnesota has let the last two European first rounders (Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin) play the full season overseas. Both development paths have worked well so far yet it makes sense to leave open the option just in case.

As our old friend Mr. Sheppard has shown, players with CHL eligibility have made the Wild in the past.

Matt, of course, has a tougher path than First Round Bust's patron saint to make the NHL roster. This year isn't like the past - July 4th made sure there is no need for a feel-good story even with the beginning of the season delayed. Throw in five defensemen currently on one-way contracts alongside Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon and it might take an injury or two for Brodin to make the Wild, let alone Dumba.

But as Wild fans everywhere know from the past couple years, injuries happen.

So do training camp surprises. Besides St. Jimmy, Colton Gillies and recently Brett Bulmer last year have played their way past others into a spot on the roster. Bulmer is a good comparison for Dumba, someone who is still working to reach their full potential yet can benefit from a nine-game stint against bigger and faster players. It would be a benefit to the physical side of his game much like Bulmer (there are times that the Wild blue line need more physicality) and the defenseman can get the best of both worlds, not starting his ELC in a year that the majority of the prospect pool does before going back to the WHL.

At the very least, that is one option which is available to the organization once the Lockout ends.

1 comment:

  1. Can't really think of anyone else we would call up from the CHL. Off the top of my head I can only think of Raphael Bussieres and Tyler Graovac as CHL Wild prospects.