RD Matt Dumba (2012, 7th overall, Minnesota)
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04-18-2012, 12:25 AM
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This is exactly why I hope Anaheim passes on Dumba. I like smart players, ESPECIALLY on defense. He's got great skills and decent physical attributes (I worry about his size with the style of game he plays), but he's got the Dion Phaneuf vibe on the defensive side of things, just doesn't seem to read the game well and Dion is much more of a physical specimen, though Dumba is a better skater.
More PK Subban than anything, his game needs refining but he is very receptive to coaching. He's like a wild stallion right now, but he still zipped a few passes across two lines today without thinking twice and looked extremely comfortable shooting the puck and setting up in the PP. Aggressiveness is there, you'd rather have that than take it away. Work in progress to be sure, but his skills are explosive. Dion is a blockhead who can't think the game, Dumba looks much more fluid out there, albeit very raw.
Dumba is the captain there and you can see with the interactions he has with his teammates, particularly Shinkaruk, that he has that infectious personality that spreads on to the ice. He soaks everything in and is a learner and listener. It looks like other players genuinely enjoy being around him and playing with him, can't say I could ever say that for Phaneuf - he seemed to march much more to his own drum. Dumba seems to have a very good head on his shoulders and is perptually upbeat. If Phaneuf hadn't had Brent Sutter to guide him and be on his ass every step of the way I honestly don't know where he'd be today - he had a hard time dealing with teammates at the beginning. Two totally different personalities.
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