RD Matt Dumba - Portland Winterhawks, WHL (2012, 7th overall, Minnesota)
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08-17-2011, 02:51 PM
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Coming out of the U18 Ivan Hlinka tournament, I think Mat Dumba had a surprising showing because he was a little overshadowed by some of the other highly touted Canadian prospects, but I came away with him very impressed. I think something that people aren't mention is just how good of a skater he is, because of how he'd pick up the puck behind his own net and you could tell the opposing bench tensing up because they know his offensive rush will come.
Got all of the tools, maybe his toolbox is in question with the hockey sense, but with good coaching that can definitely come. One guy I also thought of aside from the Phaneuf comparison was Zach Bogosian going into his draft year, a player with offensive touch that likes to hit. It's still up to see how he'll adjust to the NHL, regardless of where he's taken I think he will benefit from a year in junior.
Keep in mind he did all this at 6'0, 166 lbs. He's got plenty of time to get even bigger and add to that frame.
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