I like the Dion Phaneuf comparison quite a bit. To me he reminded me quite a bit of PK Subban too. Both pretty big guys, right handed shots that are both very solid both ways. Also both like to lower the boom every once in a while as well.
Dumba might be the best open ice hitter in the WHL right now as a 16 year old. That's pretty impressive. I think that's why he draws a lot of comparisons to Phaneuf.
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I agree with the Phaneuf comparison. Like Dion he runs around a bit too much to make the big hit, gets caught out of postion, and like most rookie dmen needs to work on his defence. He has a great tool box and if he puts it together could be the second best dman to come from the WHL in 2012. Very hi upside but still very raw.
Looks a lot like Subban. I noticed him earlier his year. A definite standout defensively. Plays with a lot confidence, skill and "swagger". Has a hard shot, crisp accurate passes and is extremely mobile with the puck. Not too mention his unorthodox physical edge. Looks like he came from the Subban family. If i hadn't watched Jordan Subban play at the Winter games I might confuse this with him...
He's already one of my fav prospects for the 2012 draft.
This guy's going to be a good one.
Saw Matt Dumba(Red Deer Rebels)only once but came away very impressed. He held his own and actaully got into a fight with a tough guy on the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Dumba going to be a highly prized prospect come the 2012 NHL draft and someone is going to get one helluva RD with definite shutdown capabilities even for a 16 year old. Tough as nails to boot and is afraid of no one and could be a PP guy too...
sorry for being off topic.. didnt wanna make an extra thread.
I have seen Murray around 15 times this year and last year. I have seen Dumba around 10 times this year. For me its Murray, he is thrown out there in all situations.
He is really a true all around dmen. The one knock I have on him is his shot could use some work. Dumba is at times a rover which can be a good thing or a bad thing. He has a hell of a shot, hard hitter and a great skater, but still has along way to go when it comes to playing in his own end. As I said before I think Murray is the best prospect to come from the WHL since 2003.