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Minnesota signs first-round pick Dumba to three-year deal

Jul 19, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Wild have signed Mathew Dumba — taken seventh overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Dumba, who doesn’t turn 18 until July 25, is officially the youngest player signed to the Wild. The WHL Red Deer product recently played to rave reviews at Minnesota’s prospect development camp, showing a blend of physicality and offensive skill that had him marked as one of the best defensemen from this year’s draft crop.

While it seems unlikely that Dumba will play in Minnesota next year — in addition to being young, he’s only 5-foot-11, 184 pounds — there is an outside chance he could compete for a spot on the Wild’s relatively thin blueline.

In all likelihood, though, he’ll be going back to the WHL, a league that he dominated a season ago. Dumba led all defensemen with 20 goals and chipped in with 37 assists. He also led Red Deer in power play goals (nine) and, in 2010-11, was the WHL’s Rookie of the Year.

  1. lordfletcher - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Nice!

    Dumba is a beast. Saw him at the prospects camp and he came as advertised. He wasn’t able to show off his shot but that’s fine, got to see him lay down the BOOM a few times!!!! Solid skater and decent passes out of the zone, needs to work on a few things like any young defenseman…

    He is very raw at this point and I am hoping he can work on his defensive positioning this season back with Red Deer and keep putting up numbers. Great prospect and a future piece to the puzzle.

    go wild

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      He’ll need a couple years yet but he showed some serious promise. Must have really turned some heads to to get an ELC already.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Him and I share a b-day wow but anyways who thinks the wild can make the playoffs this year?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      I do.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        Minny will be 4-6

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Homer me says “yup”, but realistic me says “Don’t be surprised with 7-8.”

    • lordfletcher - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      The Wild will make the playoffs this year, I don’t see how they woulnd’t… that’s with my homer glasses off… homer glasses on, says they will compete with Vancouver for the NW. I expect around 99 points this season

    • williplett - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      They have a solid chance, especially considering that a number of last year’s playoff teams in the West will have a new look next year.

      There will be some serious prospects fighting hard for roster spots, they made a few decent FA pickups, they have a #1 goalie entering his contract season with a lot to prove and they were a pretty solid team before an unprecedented rash of injuries disturbed their groove mid-season last year.

      Yeah, I’m a Wild fan who feels legitimate hope for the first time in YEARS. Still, I’m realistic: they will have to work like hell for a playoff spot, regardless of all that.

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