Matt Dumba Recalled, Justin Falk And Marco Scandella On IR


Today, following a trade for goaltender Devan Dubnyk, the Minnesota Wild called up rookie defenseman Mathew Dumba and placed Justin Falk and Marco Scandella on injured reserve.

Dumba was sent down to the AHL for his first extended AHL stint on November 30. In 17 AHL games he’s posted four goals, eight assists, a plus-2 rating (sorry, not a great stat, but it is a little telling on Iowa), and is averaging 1.88 shots per game, while logging a lot of minutes.

Josh Weissbock was kind enough to provide some eTOI numbers for the Iowa Wild, which helps give you a sense of just how many minutes Dumba was getting down there.*

With Falk hitting IR, the Wild needed another d-man to fill out the roster and it was really Dumba or Stu Bickel based on how decimated the D-corps is. So, Dumba it is.

Dumba will get a chance to prove his worked on some things in Iowa and that he’s ready to stick in the lineup for the second half of the season on Thursday when the Wild take on the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo seems like a good opponent for Dumba to show that his offensive game is clicking, especially if another top four spot opens up with the potential suspension of Ryan Suter.

* eTOI is estimated time on ice. The AHL does not offer time on ice statistics for players and game logs don’t provide the information to accurately portray time on ice. eTOI was developed by Iain Fyffe and is imperfect, but not bad at giving a rough estimate of much a player is playing.