The Minnesota Wild have selected Mathew Dumba 7th Overall
Here’s the skinny on Dumba:
Smooth, explosive and dynamic, Dumba is an extremely powerful skater with nice fluid, long strides. He can change his angles, make moves on a dime and is very agile on his skates. He has the ability to either blow by a defender on the rush or keep up with any forward while playing in his own zone. He has great vision and can make nice stretch passes or send out nice saucer passes. He has soft hands receiving the puck from his teammates as well. His shot is dynamic, both his wrist shot and slap shot and both are very hard and extremely accurate. He has a good release and can score off the rush by using a quick shot from well out. He is a physical player who isn’t afraid to step up and level someone with an open ice hit. His technique and timing on those hits is something beautiful and that ability keeps his opponents looking around for him when he’s on the ice. He plays hard along the walls and in front of his net as well. Dumba has shown flashes of strong defensive zone play and the ability to shadow other high-end offensive talent, keeping them in check.
Here’s what one of our scouts said:
“Dumba is a raw and explosive defenseman who is very dynamic with the puck and his physical play. He has some good leadership abilities and is a guy that might have the most potential of any WHL player in the draft. He is likely a top 10 pick as he has some moderate risk and reward because of his style.”