Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Wild selects Mathew Dumba in first round

Posted by: Michael Russo under Vikings draft, Wild off-season news Updated: June 22, 2012 - 8:10 PM

The Wild has selected Mathew Dumba with the seventh overall pick. The Red Deer Rebel has all the tools -- big hits, big shot, pure offense.

Here's a look at his stats and some tidbits, and here are some highlights

He led the Western Hockey League with 20 goals and he had 57 points. He was Canada's captain at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship, leading the tournament in scoring with 12 points. It's the first time a defenseman ever led the tournament in scoring.

Dumba, although he stands under 6-foot, plays the game like his much bigger hero Drew Doughty, the L.A. Kings star thoroughbred of a defenseman.

“I want to play next year,” said the confident Dumba. “I’m the type of guy, my will is strong and I want to go somewhere and compete for a position next year.

“I think my game is very versatile. I do believe in my skills where I can do it all almost.”

He said after being drafted, it was like, "Nothing I’ve ever felt before."

He is buddies with Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper, his former Red Deer teammate, who told Dumba before the draft that the Wild treats their players right.

 

In a blockbuster that just happened, Jordan Staal was traded to Carolina to play with his brother for a first-round pick, Brandon Sutter and a prospect. Outstanding trade by the Pens.

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