Mathew Dumba suspended 2 games for a hit to the head
One of the quotes that followed Dumba around the Draft was, "it's difficult because the one characteristic that Dumba brings [more] than the other guys is the fact his competitive level is off the charts." He doesn't have an off switch, which is good for playing both ends of the ice, but also leads to earth shattering open ice hits that catch the rue of the WHL.
The physical defenseman received a major and game misconduct for his hit on Calgary Hitmen forward Joey Kornelsen Friday. With the emphasis on hits to the head in recent years, that's an automatic review and WHL chief disciplinarian Richard Doerksen slapped Dumba with an indefinite suspension that later was reduced to two games. The Rebels clearly missed him in Saturday's 6-2 loss to reigning WHL champs Edmonton as Curtis Lazar was able to get a hat trick and Red Deer remains winless.
On one hand, it's great to see physical players - especially defensemen - in the system. Whether it's Dumba or second round pick Raphael Bussieres or Brett Bulmer, this has been a part of the pipeline that has been missing. However, there is the fine line between dirty and physical play as Wild fans know from the many, many injuries last year. Concussions and hits to the head are rightly being looked at more in junior hockey to raise awareness. If last weekend was any indication - the WHL suspended 9 players - that will continue.
Dumba will also miss Friday's game against Medicine Hat. He is eligible to return Saturday against (ironically) Calgary.
(Watch the full Dumba video here at Rebels This Week)
Louie Nanne Misses Weekend Games After Losing Uncle
Sometimes there is news that reminds us that life is much more important than hockey and this is one of them. Mike Nanne, a Wild team dentist/son of legendary Lou Nanne/uncle of 2012 seventh-round pick Louie Nanne lost his battle with brain cancer Friday at the age of 48. From everyone at First Round Bust, we send our condolences to the Nanne family.
On a positive note, Penticton is back on top of the CJHL rankings after sweeping their weekend despite being without Nanne (who has one assist in four games) and new UND recruit Wade Murphy.
Tyler Graovac Wearing "A" In Ottawa
First Round Bust's #20 prospect and lone OHL representative was named an alternate captain for the Ottawa 67's. Graovac shares the honor with defenseman Jake Cardwell while Cody Ceci (Ottawa Senators) and Sean Monahan were named co-captains. The 2011 seventh round pick has played in both 67's games so far with no points in either losing effort.
Lulea Off To A Great Start In The Swedish Elite League
Lulea, the home team for Minnesota prospects Johan Gustafsson and Daniel Gunnarsson, have been continuing their play in the European Trophy with a 4-0 Swedish Elite League start. Gustafsson has played in two of the wins, giving up three goals and has a .914 save percentage. Gunnarsson, meanwhile, has an assist in four games and continues to play an increased role on the team compared to last year.
Lulea next plays tomorrow against Farjestad (Jonas Brodin's old team and where 2012 Hobey Baker winner and former Minnesota Duluth forward Jack Connolly now plays).
Possible Houston Lines?
Dan already wrote about how Houston will hold the beginning of their training camp at the X along with a pair of scrimmages this weekend which First Round Bust may or may not be attending. Now it looks like the line speculation can begin, from the Wild's official Twitter:
Expected lines for Houston Aeros camp Team A: Bulmer-Larsson-Palmieri, McIntyre-Rau-Petersen, Caron-Ginand-Lampe & VargasThere are a few interesting combinations. First of all, the young talent that will make up this year's Aeros shines through on both the top lines. Of the six forwards, only Nick Palmieri (the same Nick Palmieri who is holding out after turning down his qualifying offer) wasn't a 2010 draft pick and can legally drink. While each of these players should benefit from playing in the AHL, they won't initially get a chance to lean on a veteran or two. The young talent versus veterans will be an interesting dynamic in the AHL; especially if the Lockout continues.
Team A Defense: Scandella-Brodin, Cuma-Genoway, Baldwin-Lorenz & Suter
Team B lines: Zucker-Granlund-Coyle, Broda-Phillips-Fontaine, Foucault-McMillan-Palmer & Grantham
Team B Defense: Connelly-Kampfer, Bagnall-Fredheim, Jobke-Montgomery & Medvec
Second, Zack Philips is centering a line with Justin Fontaine rather than his Saint John teammate Charlie Coyle. The Zucker-Granlund-Fontaine line played well in July's prospect development scrimmage but it looks like Aeros head coach John Torchetti sees something different.
Third, the Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin pairing could be a preview of the future with the two top eligible defensive prospects.
Fourth, the Team A defense is full of bigger names while Team B has AHL vets like Drew Bagnall. Which one performs better against the young prospects will be interesting to see.
The two scrimmages at the Xcel Energy Center are Saturday September 29th at 11:00 am and Sunday September 30th at 10:00 am. Both are free and open to the public.