30 Prospects in 30 Days: Mathew Dumba


With only 5 days left until the first round of the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, we will be breaking down a prospect each day until June 22nd. Today, we will take a closer look at defenseman Mathew Dumba.


Courtesy of NHL.com

Defenseman Mathew Dumba, Red Deer Rebels, 17 Years Old

Height: 6’0″, Weight:  183 pounds, Shoots: Right


NHL Central Scouting: 11th among North American skaters
TSN: 2nd among all players


2011-12 Stats: 69 games played, 20 goals, 37 assists, 57 points, -6, 67 penalty minutes


More after the jump…


THE SCOOP: Benjamin Franklin once said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” That statement could not be more true for Mathew Dumba. The young defenseman notched 57 points (20 goals and 37 assists) in 69 games with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL this past season. His 20 goals led all WHL defensemen and his point total ranked sixth in the league. Although those offensive numbers are great for a defenseman in the WHL, Dumba’s offense is just one of the many strengths he has in his game. As an extremely powerful skater, he is not afraid to unleash a heavy hit to open up space for himself or his teammates. His passion, skill, and love for the game makes him an extremely popular player and one that always seems to bring fans to the arena. That quality is something that many NHL teams could use right now. In addition to having success in the WHL, Dumba also was named the captain of Team Canada at the 2012 Under-18 World Championships, where he was the leading scorer with 12 points. There is no doubt that Dumba is one of the most explosive and exciting prospects in the 2012 NHL Draft class. With his passion, powerful shot, leadership, playmaking ability, and physicality, there is not much not to like about Dumba’s game. Some scouts think that he will just need to keep improving his strength and continue to work on his defensive game. HockeyProspect.com had this to say about Dumba: “Dumba possesses great skating ability, the technique needs a little adjustment, but the overall package is very solid. He gets a quick jump, and is able to generate a good top speed, particularly when skating down the wings. He really looks like a forward when driving down the wing with the puck on his stick, and has a quick and accurate release on his wrist shot. Dumba also has a solid point shot, which he is able to release fairly quickly. He moves the puck with respectable ability, and appears to choose the right times to take his shot. One of the biggest standout features about Mathew Dumba’s play is his physicality. He is a very punishing defenceman, who despite being listed at only 165lbs. Has thrown some huge hits on some bigger opponents. He is equally effective throwing hits in open ice and along the boards. However he will occasionally leave his feet, and regularly put himself out of defensive positioning in order to connect with some of these hits.” He has been projected to be taken in the first round by the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals in a few mock drafts. Since he is such a dynamic and exciting player, expect to hear Dumba’s name called within the first ten picks. This guy has way too many strengths for a struggling NHL team to pass up on.




Previously Seen in “30 Prospects in 30 Days”:

May 23, 2012: Olli Maatta
May 24, 2012: Sebastian Collberg
May 25, 2012: Brady Skjei
May 26, 2012: Andrei Vasilevski
May 27, 2012: Scott Laughton
May 28, 2012: Jacob Trouba
May 29, 2012: Tomas Hertl
May 30, 2012: Thomas Wilson
May 31, 2012: Mikhail Grigorenko
June 1, 2012: Derrick Pouliot
June 2, 2012: Radek Faksa
June 3, 2012: Zemgus Girgensons
June 4, 2012: Cody Ceci
June 5, 2012: Malcolm Subban
June 6, 2012: Colton Sissons
June 7, 2012: Griffin Reinhart
June 8, 2012: Teuvo Teravainen
June 9, 2012: Brendan Gaunce
June 10, 2012: Matthew Finn
June 11, 2012: Morgan Rielly
June 12, 2012: Henrik Samuelsson
June 13, 2012: Filip Forsberg
June 14, 2012: Stefan Matteau
June 15, 2012: Martin Frk
June 16, 2012: Mark Jankowski