Wild Selects Dumba With Seventh Pick
With the seventh selection in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Minnesota Wild selected defenseman Mathew Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.
A native of Regina, Sask., Dumba was the 11th best North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings.
Among the most well-rounded defensemen in this year's draft, Dumba possesses a lethal combination of offensive ability to go along with explosive skating and willingness to drop the hammer physically.
Dumba's resume boasts a number of impressive stats, but is also flush with international experience and leadership qualities. He captained Team Canada at the 2012 Under-18 World Championships, leading the tournament in scoring with 12 points (5-7--12) in seven games, being named the Best Defenseman of the competition and leading Canada to a bronze medal. He was also the youngest of five draft-eligible players from the team invited to Canada's 2012 World Junior Championship camp.
Dumba also captained Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament, scoring two goals and an assist in five games, leading the Canadians to the gold medal.
With Red Deer, Dumba led all WHL defensemen in scoring last season, posting 20 goals and assisting on 37 others for 57 points in 69 games.
Dumba can also quarterback a power play, leading all Rebels with nine man-advantage goals last season.
As a rookie in 2010-11, Dumba, was named the WHL's Rookie of the Year, leading the Rebels in rookie scoring with 26 points (15-11--26). His goals mark was first among first-year blueliners and was seventh overall in the league.
Despite being just six feet tall and 183 lbs, Dumba isn't afraid to play a physical game and is one of the more willing hitters available in the draft. He may not be done growing, however, as Dumba doesn't turn 18 years old until next month.