I’ve posted a lot of draft related posts since I began writing for Gong Show, mainly because that’s what I’m supposed to write about. Every time I’ve posted something people seem to be commenting the same thing or person rather. Mathew Dumba. Mathew Dumba is one of the wild cards of the draft. He was once supposed to compete with Nail Yakupov for first overall but now he’s slipped, or others have just emerged, depending on how you want to look at it. Now Dumba is all over the place. Some have him going top 3,others have him going top 5 or 10, and some have him slipping out of the top 10 all together.
Dumba is great combination of intensity,skill, and hard work. He goes all out when he plays, and that usually results in a big hit or a flashy pass,rush of the puck, or goal. All of those things seem pretty great, right? Well what happens when he messes those things up? Those are the kinds of things that hurt a team. Missing a big hit,taking a reckless penalty,making a bad pass,rushing the puck at the wrong time. Those are all common knocks on Dumba. As I’ve stated before, he’s a high risk-high reward kind of player. I’m not here to bash Dumba, I think he’s a great player, but there’s a risk associated with drafting him, which I don’t think people are really seeing. I understand that he’s a young player and he’s still learning and maturing but there’s the chance that he can’t take this uptempo,all-out game to the next level. I know that risk goes for every player, but with Dumba’s style of play it’s all or nothing.
If Dumba can transition his game to the NHL a team is going to get a hard hitting, flashy, offensive-defenseman, who can run a power-play. He also possesses great leadership qualities, which could make him a future captain in the NHL. Much like the player he’s so often compared to, a young Dion Phaneuf. Like I said before, I’m not here to bash Dumba. I think he’s a great player with tons of potential. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he goes top 5, and will be shocked if he falls out of top 10.
Another common comment I get is; “Dumba should be taken before Murray”. I’m going to quickly talk about that. Teams picking in the top 5 usually aren’t in good enough shape to draft a player who needs so much developing. Teams are looking for a player who can come in and help them right away. That’s why Murray will be picked before Dumba. Sure, Dumba has the potential to put up more numbers, and be more of a game-changer then Murray, but Murray is a more mature, and developed pick. Murray is capable of coming in right away and making a difference, but I think Dumba is a few years away. With that said I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dumba in the NHL next season, which I don’t think is a smart move but that seems to be the trend in today’s NHL.
**Please take the time to check out all the interviews I’ve done with top prospects on puck-central.blogspot.com. Players include:
-Alex Galchenyuk(2012 eligible/Potential top 3 pick)
-Scott Wedgewood(Represented Team Canada at WJC/3rd round pick of NJ)
-Mark Scheifele(First ever pick of the new Winnipeg Jets/ represented Team Canada at WJC)
-Sean Monahan (2013 eligible/Potential top 3 pick/top center on the Ottawa 67′s)
-Zemgus Girgensons(2012 eligible/Potential top 15 pick)
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