Height/Weight: 6'0", 166 lbs
Team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Mathew Dumba is a phenomenal two-way defenseman whose scoring ability is quite impressive for his position. Last season for the Red Deer Rebels, Dumba accumulated 57 points on 20 goals and 37 assists, which was more than double his point production of the previous year.
Dumba's offensive development during this past season proved to general managers that he is willing to work on parts of his game that weren't at an elite level just two or three years ago.
We hear about teams looking for "puck-moving defensemen" around the trade deadline every season, and Dumba has the potential to be that kind of player for a number of years at the NHL level. He doesn't have blazing speed nor dazzling stick-handling skills, but he is comfortable having the puck on the blade of his stick and won't panic when put under pressure by an opponent.
Defensively, Dumba is a strong player who can shut down top opposing forwards, and he hits hard and cleanly in all parts of the ice.
In terms of young players being able to make an impact as rookies, Dumba is a defenseman who can play solid minutes from the season opener. He is a hard worker and wants to get better.
There's no question that he could easily end up being the best blueliner from this draft class.