Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2013-14 Season In Review: Matt Dumba

Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today
We kick off our season in review of the Wild's roster with Matt Dumba


Minnesota (NHL): 13 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 12:26 ATOI
Portland (WHL): Regular season-26 GP, 8 G, 16 A, 24 P
                           Playoffs-21 GP, 8 G, 10 A, 18 P


Dumba was a surprise player still on the Wild's roster after training camp ended. The Wild felt it best to let him get some games in, and give him something to build on moving forward. His time on the ice was limited (his highest TOI in a game was 15:30 against Buffalo), but he still got enough time in to take some positive steps in his progression. Eventually, Dumba was allowed to go play for Team Canada at the World Juniors, then he was loaned back to his WHL team in Portland. Dumba had a stellar year for the Winterhawks upon his return, and went to another level in the postseason. Dumba helped Portland get to the WHL finals, before losing to Edmonton in seven games.


Dumba's first NHL goal.

Power Play goal for Portland

Status for 2014-15

With Dumba turning 20 in July, he will more than likely begin next season with the AHL affiliate in Iowa. The Wild have six defenseman under contract on the NHL roster right now (including Christian Folin), and could potentially be looking to bring back one or two of their defenseman who are free agents this summer. Dumba might be a lock to start the season in Iowa, but he could finish the season with the NHL club if he can play exceptionally well in Iowa.

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