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Mathew Dumba | Defenseman

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (20) / 7/25/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 184
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Matt Dumba made a strong impression in Minnesota's final preseason game on Saturday.
"[His game], for sure it’s not perfect," Yeo said. "There’s some areas defensively that we know he can still improve. Sometimes he has a tendency to go for the home run when you just have to maybe hit a single. But he does some things that are special. We’ve talked about how we want to increase our offense from the back end, and he’s showing us that he can probably help." It looks like Dumba may have cracked the Wild's final roster, but we won't know for sure until final cuts are made. Oct 5 - 11:46 AM

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Matt Dumba says he is much more confident this season and he hopes the coaching staff has noticed.

"I feel a lot more confident this year," said Dumba. "I feel like there’s a lot of little things in my game that are a lot better that maybe the regular eye doesn’t see, but I hope the coaching staff and everyone else does." Dumba and Christian Folin are competing for the final spot on the Wild’s blue line. If Dumba does stick around, he may be an intriguing option in deep fantasy leagues.
Oct 4 - 11:05 AM

Matt Dumba appears to be more confident on the ice this year.

Wild beat reporter Michael Russo has been very impressed with Dumba’s play. Dumba got an assist on Nino Niederreiter’s goal during Saturday’s exhibition game against the Winnipeg Jets. Russo also noted that Dumba has been much more physical during the preseason. If the 20-year-old defenseman continues to have a strong camp, he could make the Wild’s roster out of camp.
Sep 28 - 12:04 PM

Mathew Dumba will go into the 2014-15 campaign with the goal of spending the full season with the Wild.

Dumba played for Minnesota, Team Canada, and the WHL Portland Winterhawks in 2013-14. "I was all over the map," Dumba said. "But it was fun every step of the way. I was learning something new every day when I was up here with Minnesota." He's not guaranteed a roster spot going into training camp, but he's certainly got a fair shot. The Wild are only have four blueliners signed to one-way contracts, but Dumba will be fighting with Christian Folin, Jonathon Blum, Jonas Brodin, and others for the remaining spots.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 25 - 3:56 PM

In retrospect, Mathew Dumba feels he benefited from spending another season with WHL Portland.

Dumba started the 2013-14 campaign with the Minnesota Wild, but after participating in just 13 NHL contests, they finally sent him down in January. He went on to record eight goals and 24 points in 27 WHL contests and then another 18 points in 21 playoff games with the Portland Winterhawks. "Everything happens for a reason; maybe I didn't see it at the start," Dumba said. "That meeting, when I found out I was going to go back to junior, I was pretty disappointed about that, obviously. Everyone's dream is to get to the NHL and stay there, and that certainly was mine. But I've seen the development in my game and what it's done for me, and now coming back, I'm looking forward to using all of that and trying to make it full time this year."
Jul 10 - 9:42 AM

Mathew Dumba has been sent to WHL Portland.

Dumba was loaned from the Minnesota Wild to Team Canada for the 2014 World Junior Championship. That gave Minnesota some extra time to weigh their options. Sending him to the juniors means that Minnesota won't be using Dumba anymore in 2013-14, but he'll get a lot more playing time at that level. He averaged just 12:27 minutes per game in 13 contests with Minnesota.
Jan 7 - 3:07 PM

Mathew Dumba will either return to the Minnesota Wild or be assigned to Portland of the WHL.

He went over to Sweden to play in the World Junior Championships with Canada, where he had one assist, 12 penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating in seven games. The Wild didn't have a decision in place as of Sunday night. With Jared Spurgeon hurt, Dumba may be able to provide some depth to the big club's back end.
Jan 6 - 11:52 AM

Mathew Dumba has been loaned to Team Canada for the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Dumba has two points in 13 games with Minnesota this season. He's got a ton of potential, but has been averaging just 12:27 minutes per contest with Minnesota. With that in mind, it's not surprising that the Wild would let him play in the international tournament where he's sure to get top minutes. The bigger question is if Minnesota will bring him back afterwards or if they'll allow him to return to the WHL.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Mathew Dumba was listed on Team Canada's selection camp roster for the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship.

He's expected to be loaned by Minnesota to try out for the team. Dumba was the only NHLer on the list. He has two points and a minus-5 rating in 13 games with the Wild this campaign.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba will be back in the team's lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Dumba has a goal and one assist in 10 games this season, with two PIM and nine SOG. He's not a big fantasy factor, but might be in the future.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 02:36:00 PM

Mathew Dumba will suit up Saturday night after being scratched for four consecutive games.

The contest is also significant because it will mark his 10th NHL appearance of the season. That means that the first year of his entry-level contract will go into the books. Dumba has two points and a minus-2 rating in nine matches.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 05:50:00 PM

The Minnesota Wild haven't decided if Mathew Dumba will stay with the team or return to the Western Hockey League.

Dumba has played in nine games and this will count as the first season of his entry-level contract once he reaches the 10-game mark. The Wild might decide to make Dumba a healthy scratch on Friday to buy themselves a little more time.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:34:00 PM

Mathew Dumba's next game will be his 10th of the season and it will activate the first year of his entry-level deal.

He has averaged 12:44 of ice time per contest and has two points. It isn't clear yet if the Wild intend to keep him with the big club or return him to his junior team in the WHL.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 09:20:00 AM

Mathew Dumba will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

Dumba has a goal in six games this season. He's got plenty of potential, but it might be a couple seasons before he has any fantasy value.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Mathew Dumba has experienced the inconsistencies that one generally expects from a young defenseman playing at the NHL level.

GM Chuck Fletcher said he is unsure if Dumba is "an every-night player right now" and the Wild coaching staff has seemingly agreed with that statement, as the rookie blueliner has played in four of the team's first seven games. He can either stay with Minnesota or be returned to the junior ranks and the way things have gone so far he might be better served playing in the WHL with Red Deer. Dumba has averaged 13:09 of ice time, while recording one goal and seven shots.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 09:17:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Erik Haula
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ryan Carter
LW1Zach Parise
2Justin Fontaine
3Matt Cooke
4Jason Zucker
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Jason Pominville
3Charlie Coyle
4Nino Niederreiter
D1Ryan Suter
2Jonas Brodin
3Jared Spurgeon
4Marco Scandella
5Keith Ballard
6Mathew Dumba
7Justin Falk
8Nate Prosser
9Stu Bickel
10Christian Folin
G1Darcy Kuemper
2Niklas Backstrom
3Josh Harding