Brian Dumoulin
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Brian Dumoulin

Hometown:

Biddeford Maine

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-09-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

2nd round (51st overall), 2009

Weight:

219 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Brian Dumoulin scored 7 goals with 23 assists in 41 regular season games for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the EJHL. He added 3 assists in 7 playoff games. Committed to Boston College.

2009-10: Despite being one of the youngest freshmen in the country, Dumoulin appeared in all 42 games for the national champion Boston College Eagles – scoring 1 goal with 21 assists. Even more impressive was his plus/minus rating of +40. Dumoulin was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie and Frozen Four All-Tournament teams.

2010-11: Dumoulin was one of the top defensemen in college hockey as a sophomore for Boston College, which captured Hockey East’s regular season and playoff championships. He also competed for the bronze-medal winning USA squad at the 2011 World Junior U-20 championships. Dumoulin had 30 assists (second-most on the Eagles to forward Brian Gibbons) and scored 3 goals with a +23 plus/minus in 37 games. Dumoulin scored two of his three goals on the power play – including a game-winner against Boston University and the fifth goal to seal a 5-3 win over Merrimack in the Hockey East Championship game. In six games for Team USA, he had two assists and a team-best +4 plus/minus.

2011-12: In his junior season with Boston College, Dumoulin was once again one of the top defensemen in college hockey, managing eight goals, 21 assists, and a plus-27 in 44 games. He was also instrumental in his teams Frozen Four championship, assisting on the game winning goal over Ferris State. On April 10th the Hurricanes signed Dumoulin to a three-year entry-level contract. On June 22nd the defenseman was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2012-13: Dumoulin skated for the Penguins’ AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, in his first pro season. The second-leading scorer among defensemen, one point behind veteran Dylan Reese, he scored 6 goals with 18 assists and was -11 with 18 penalty minutes. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished third in the AHL’s East Division and reached the Eastern Conference Finals against Syracuse. Dumoulin played in all 15 playoff games, scoring 2 goals, both on the power play, and had 6 assists. He was -2 and had 6 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Dumoulin made his NHL debut in December — skating in six mid-season games with the Penguins when the Pittsburgh defense corps was hit with a rash of injuries — and played for Penguins’ AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in his second pro season. He had one assist and was +1 with 4 penalty minutes; averaging 19 minutes of ice time during his time with Pittsburgh. He scored 5 goals with 16 assists and was +2 with 21 penalty minutes in 53 AHL games; missing time in February after suffering a leg injury. Three of his five goals were scored on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton power play. The Penguins finished second in the East Division and reached the AHL Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season. Dumoulin scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was +5 with 22 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Dumoulin is a big, talented defensemen and was part of two national championships at the college level. He possesses the smooth skating stride of a player much smaller than his size. He is not overly combative but possesses the strength, size, and balance to keep the front of the net clear of traffic. He is also an adept puck-mover with a hard point shot. Supremely confident on and off the ice, Dumoulin possesses numerous traits which suggest he could develop into a reliable top-four defenseman in the NHL, most notably his ability to quickly retrieve the puck and move it up ice.

Future

Dumoulin attended training camp with the Penguins before being assigned to Pittsburgh AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to start the 2014-15 season. Now in his third pro season, he was one of three AHL defensemen recalled in December when the Penguins were hit with a rash of injuries. He played in eight NHL games before being returned to the AHL. He is the second-leading scorer amongst defensemen for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and long-term Dumoulin projects as a capable defender capable of playing in all situations.

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