Defenseman and restricted free agent Matt Dumba has inked a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild, according to an announcement earlier today.
The contract will last for two years and is worth a total amount of $5.1 million. The first year is at $2.35 million and the second year will be at $2.75 million.
The 22-year-old player was the 7th overall pick in 2012. He was the first pick of Minnesota Wild in the draft pick of the said year. In the 2015-2016 regular season, in 81 games, he had a total career high of 10 goals, 16 assists, 56 blocks, 83 hits and 26 points.
The right-shot, 6-foot and 193- pound Dumba is a fan favorite and he is very well known for his offensive skills. He has played in 139 games and has the third-best shot attempt differential on the team in the past two seasons. He is also the team’s third-best relative differential.
His positive play is not restricted to shot metrics. With Dumba on the ice, the Wild’s goals-for-percent increases 2 percent, which is third-best on the team. When you look at only goals-for-percent, Dumba is the top blue liner over the last two seasons.
In short, Dumba is far from a defensive liability despite his occasional mistakes.
Matt Dumba is a Canadian ice hockey defenseman who was born Regina, Saskatchewan. He started learning how to skate at the age of three. Dumba spent the 2009-10 season with the Edge School for Athletes in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
Dumba will play a vital role in the upcoming season. His remarkable skills will help the Minnesota Wild to have a good run this upcoming season.
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