Back in August, Minnesota brass made sure they would be able to recall 2012 first round pick Mathew Dumba in case the NHL Lockout went longer than the beginning of the CHL season. That ended up being the case and according to Red Deer GM/Coach Brent Sutter, Dumba will be making his way to St. Paul. Per Troy Gillard:
Brent Sutter fully expects Mathew Dumba to be called to Minnesota's training camp. Likely before this weekend's games. #Rebelshockey #whlMore from the Rebels GM/Coach:
— Troy Gillard (@Troy_Gillard) January 7, 2013
“You had to think or assume that if the lockout ended at some point, Mat could be leaving us and going in for a few days and understanding and learning what the pro level is about… getting ready, how those guys practice, and how they just do everything," Sutter told Gillard over at Big Drive Sports. "That’s why they’re pros and elite athletes. It’s the best thing for Mat.”
Dumba, who was one of the last WJC cuts by Hockey Canada, leads all Rebels defenseman with 23 points (10G-13A) in games (including this highlight-reel goal). While Minnesota is without Marco Scandella and Jonas Brodin due to injury, having Dumba in camp would seem to be more of a second chance to get a closer look at the seventh overall pick than keep him in St. Paul. It is entirely possible that he could get the 9 game tryout (so a year isn't wasted that Brett Bulmer did last year but I'd be surprised to see it.
And by the sounds of it so does Sutter.
“When he comes back we’ll be a better team for it because of the experience he’ll have gone through,” noted Sutter. “Then it’s our job to continue to help with Mat’s progression, along with Minnesota, to get him ready, whenever that may be, to be a consistent player at the National Hockey League level.”