ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Wild selected defenseman Mathew Dumba with the seventh overall pick tonight in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.


    “Matt is an exciting, young, right shot defenseman with an excellent combination of skill, mobility and physicality,” Wild Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr said. “He’s been a leader and point producer everywhere he’s been.”


    Dumba, 17 (7/25/94), posted 57 points (20-37=57) and 67 penalty minutes (PIM) in 69 games for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2011-12. He led all WHL defensemen in goals and was sixth in points, while leading Red Deer with nine power play goals. Dumba was captain of Team Canada at the 2012 Under-18 World Championships, recording a tournament-best 12 points (5-7=12) in seven games. He was named the Best Defenseman of the competition en route to capturing a bronze medal. Dumba was the WHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2010-11 after he led the Rebels in rookie scoring (15-11=26). The 6-foot, 185-pound blueliner was born in Regina, Sask., before moving to Calgary, Alberta.


    The Wild owns six picks in rounds 2-7 of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft which starts Saturday at 9 a.m. (ct).: #46 in 2nd round; #68 in 3rd round; #98 in 4th round; #128 in 5th round; #158 in 6th round; #188 in 7th round.

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