Mathew Dumba Was The Final Cut For Canada's Junior Team

For the second year in a row, Minnesota Wild prospect Mathew Dumba was the final cut at Team Canada’s selection camp leaving the defenceman numb with disappointment.

The seventh overall draft pick in this past year’s NHL Entry Draft, Dumba was vying for a spot on the National Junior squad for the second year in a row and with an injury to star d-man Ryan Murray, Dumba’s chances had increased.

Dumba did speak with the media after albeit in brief, short sentences, choosing his words carefully. caught up with the Red Deer Rebels 18-year old and with a sorrow look on his face, Dumba offered little insight into his thoughts.

“Yeah, very disappointing.”

The silver lining to this cloud, if there is one, is that Dumba is only 18 as mentioned above.  Meaning he will have one more kick at the can and providing he’s been on the bubble for two year’s straight, his chances of finally cracking the lineup and dawning the maple leaf for next year’s tournament look promising.  Consider that next year’s tournament will be held in Canada and Dumba has extra incentive to have his game in tip-top shape come December.

Hockey Future’s states Dumba as an electrifying player who has advanced his offensive skill more than his defensive.  This could have played a major role in the decision to let Dumba go given team Canada chose Ryan Murphy, another slick skating d-man who loves to rush the puck and set up scoring plays.  Having two players of the same style could be detrimental to the club’s defensive focus and having too many liabilities or uncertainties when they’re on the ice.

When we focused on Dumba’s chances to make the club, I had him pegged as the potential seventh defenceman, something that I’m sure he would have jumped at if given the chance.  I wasn’t far off, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, not in hockey.

The future for Dumba looks bright and for Wild fans they have much to be excited about with this kid.  We’ll have to wait one more year before watching him on the national stage.  But good things come to those who wait.


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  • ddue

    2014 is in Malmo,Sweden not Canada

    • Derek Stykalo

      ddue, nice catch. I was looking ahead when Canada starts hosting the tournament every second year starting in 2015 and bypassed Sweden next year. Thanks for reading

  • disqus_0eNV0bF8nG

    As an avid Red Deer Rebels fan I was not at all surprised to see Dumba cut from the junior squad. As a matter of fact, I felt his invite by itself was mostly predicated on reputation. Dumba has looked uninspired for the most part on the ice this year, and although I don’t know the kid personally, the feeling I get is that he is looking past his junior career. For a guy with his talent, I can’t see any other reason why he would be looking so mediocre; there are nights when he isn’t even the Rebels best defenseman, never mind top skater. When Brent Sutter took over behind the bench, he named only one player whose nightly effort and performance was even close to up to snuff, and it was Flames prospect and Rebels captain Turner Elson – not Dumba.

    Certainly, he has an electrifying streak in him, whether it be a beauty one-timer or lining up a massive open-ice hit, but on the powerplay he has been largely ineffectual as a quarterback. If you didn’t know who you were supposed to be watching, there are many nights where Dumba would not stand out above the level of competition. As I understand it, he had a brutal selection camp performance as well.

    I’ve been reading a lot about his points being down, and people correlating that to a superior defensive effort this year. I can tell you that’s not the case; while Dumba is a valuable asset to any junior hockey club, to pretend that he’s made sacrifices offensively to put his defensive game to the next level is a cop-out for people who don’t have the opportunity to see him play on a nightly basis.

    So, while I’m obviously not predicting doom and gloom for Mat Dumba’s future, I figured I’d share this viewpoint with the NHL club holding his rights. Not to worry you, but just to tap you in to what’s actually happening with your first rounder on the ice this year.

    • Derek Stykalo

      That is fantastic insight and thanks for sharing. We don’t have the privilege of watching him on a nightly basis and rely on the reports from Bob McKenzie among others, who usually focus on the positives. It’s a breath of fresh air to have the truth about Dumba brought to light and if he’s looking past his junior career he’d better get his head straight.

      Thanks for reading and most importantly, thanks for the comments.

      • disqus_gJNnMBVoly

        No problem. Obviously, I’m not in the locker room, so my hypotheses
        regarding his play could be completely off; I’m merely speculating. If
        that’s not it, however, then I’m scratching my head along with everyone else. For a junior player to regress this much from his 17-year-old to 18-year-old season is baffling and, paramount to that, worrisome. What’s even more surprising is how nobody, not even locally, dares to even suggest that he’s not playing good hockey. The junior camp is the first time his performance this year has been criticized and if nothing else, it was a reinforcement of my thoughts on him because I was starting to wonder if I was insane or just that nobody else wants to see his play this year for what it is: mediocre.

        Case and point: Rebels demolished Kootenay 5-1 last night. Mat Dumba? No points. No plus/minus.No impact whatsoever. It’s just crazy that he can be so invisible at home against a divisional cellar dweller. Makes me really wonder what’s going on with him.