There is a handful of defensemen that will be chosen in the top 10 of the 2012 NHL Draft. One of those rearguards, Matt Dumba of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels, should be among those high-end selections that will be made next Friday night.
Dumba came into the 2011-12 season as a favorite to be chosen among the elite players in this draft. In fact, in the ISS draft rankings, Dumba ended the season in the position he began it, at sixth overall.
A strong performance at the 2012 Under-18 World Junior Championship back in April may have moved the Calgary, Alberta native's stock up a notch, however. In seven tournament games with bronze medalist Canada, Dumba registered five goals and seven assists for 12 points, a point total that led both his team and the tournament in scoring. For his efforts, Dumba was named the Best Defenseman of the tournament.
The energetic Dumba this season also doubled his point totals from the 2010-11 season, picking up 57 points (20G, 37A) in the 2011-12 regular season vs. 26 points (15G, 11A) last season.
Dumba took part in the 2012 NHL Combine. He spoke with the media following his testing session, a conversation that is captured in this video.