Mathew Dumba, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 173

Born: 1994-07-25

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Drafted: 2012 by Minnesota Wild, 7th overall








June 2015- After looking like he belonged in the tail end of the previous season, look for Matthew Dumba to be promoted to full time NHL duty in the fall. With cap issues a growing concern it seems more likely that the Wild will try to alleviate the pressure on Ryan Suter’s shoulders with solutions conjured up from within rather than seeking solutions on the free agent market. It’s becoming clearer that Dumba is running out of things to learn in the developmental leagues. One can only hope that this exciting rearguard gets the keys to run the Minnesota powerplay in the near future. Edric Joseph


April 2015- Matt Dumba kept himself busy in the recent 3-2 defeat to the New York Rangers having been involved in both Minnesota Wild goals. With fewer aggressive gambits being taken when on the ice Dumba has proven that he has the tools to make for a terrific top pairing defenseman and has seized the opportunity to play big minutes with the likes of Ryan Suter and Jonas Brodin among others. A breakout for the exciting prospect could be nigh. Edric Joseph


February 2015 – In a pleasant surprise, Matthew Dumba received a season high 18:20 in ice time February 18th against his hometown team the Calgary Flames. Dumba managed to make good on the opportunity scoring his third of the season, while making his presence felt on the defensive end. Can’t help but hope that he has more staying power with the big club given how fun he is to watch and the type of upside he boasts in his on ice play. Edric Joseph


February 2015 – Since being drafted in 2012, Dumba has proven that he has it in him to be the well rounded future cornerstone for the Minnesota Wild blue line. Matthew Dumba should become a mainstay with the big club once his decision making improves, especially on the defensive end. He often reminds one of a young PK Subban with his ability to play with heart and at any end of the rink. Dumba also proves to be a capable protector of the puck and wields a big slap shot from the back end that any team could appreciate on their powerplay. He needs to put on some size though in order for his truculence to be able to make a smooth transition on to the big stage. Edric Joseph


March 2014 - Dumba continues to tear it up in the WHL (18 PTS in 24 GP) after the Wild sent him back down to junior post-WJC tournament. The Portland Winterhawks traded for his CHL rights and so far have been reaping the benefits on their blue line. He continues to play with WJC teammates Taylor Leier, Nicolas Petan and Derrick Pouliot, and with a deep playoff run with Portland the 2012 1st-round pick should gain some much needed experience. Jamie Zadow


February 2014 - Dumba has been reunited with Team Canada teammates Nicolas Petan and Derrick Pouliot after being loaned to the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. He struggled in his time with the Wild earlier in the season, but has since been red hot in eight games with the Winterhawks, tallying two goals and six assists with a plus-17 rating. While it's an early step back in his career, the further development in the WHL will give Dumba a chance to work on his game and focus on his offensive strengths. Jamie Zadow


January 2014 - Big things were expected from Matt Dumba at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo; however, the Wild's young defenceman failed to live up to his offensive expectations finishing with just one assist in seven games for the tournament. Dumba did manage to finish the tournament a plus-4 but he racked up 12 penalty minutes -- tied for second most on the Canadian team. Dumba was often criticized for taking too many risks that led to several odd-man rushes for the opposing teams and really failed to play the offensive role he was named to the team for. Jamie Zadow


December 2013 - Mathew Dumba was one of seven defensemen named to Team Canada's final roster for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Additionally, Dumba will serve as an alternate captain for the Canucks and the team will look for him to play his usual offensive and hard hitting style. However, Dumba could face suspension from the IIHF after a kneeing incident that saw the Wild prospect ejected from pre-tournament play against Sweden. It wasn't a very smart play and adds another question mark to Dumba's overall hockey sense, an area that is a mystery still. Brendan Ross


November 2013 - Dumba managed to crack Minnesota's roster this season, and so far he has played in nine games, scoring once and also adding an assist. He hasn't really stood out like some of the young blueliners around the NHL but the upside for Dumba is still very high and the Wild are counting on him to produce offensively from the back end in the future. Jimmy Zadow


January 2013 – He was sent back to junior with no games of NHL experience but did see a couple weeks’ worth of NHL practice with a solid NHL roster. Minnesota is currently just too deep on the back end to allow Dumba an opportunity at this point. Would not be surprised if he spends an overage year in junior due to this current organizational depth. Jason Banks


October 2012 - Dumba is off to a strong start recording one goal and four points in as many games but also to note are his 17 penalty minutes - a statistic roto participants should take notice of. Brendan Ross


August 2012 - Quoted from Report Cards of Canada-Russia Challenge Article: Considering Dumba was knocked for his erratic play, you would never have guessed he was the same player based on his solid reliable showing in this four-game series. Mathew Dumba was excellent playing as a bottom pairing defenseman for the most part. He used his physicality as a tool defensively and not for entertainment purposes. Dumba was able to fire a few howitzers on net during his limited powerplay opportunities. Team Canada relied more on some of their veteran defensemen but fantasy owners should be pleased to see Dumba step up and show that he can play strong on both sides of the puck. That simple impression will earn him more ice time and shows that he could be trusted earlier than expected. Brendan Ross


June 2012 - Chuck Fletcher selects high flying defenseman, Mathew Dumba, 7th overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross


February 2012 – The Red Deer Rebels Mathew Dumba has become well-known for his ability to line up opposing forwards and send them soaring with a thunderous bodycheck. Don’t overlook his impressive offensive game though as he has a knack for stepping up into the play, catching opposing defenders off guard. Has a special skill-set that permits him to make a breakout pass, deliver a bone-jarring hit and score a goal all during the same shift. John Canario


Fantasy Outlook: B+

Can be a force, but the Wild will give him plenty of time to get the lapses of judgment while keeping his assertiveness intact.




Dumba scores his first goal of the 2012-13 WHL season, and it's a beauty:



Mathew Dumba finds the net twice against the Tri-City Americans:


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