Brian Dumoulin
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Brian Dumoulin


Biddeford Maine

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2nd round (51st overall), 2009


219 lbs.

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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.

2014-15: Dumoulin appeared in eight regular season games and five playoff contests with Pittsburgh in his third pro season and was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the Penguins’ AHL affiliate. He scored 1 goal and had an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes, averaging 15:40 minutes of ice time during the regular season and was +1 with no points nor penalties, averaging 14 minutes in the playoffs. Dumoulin scored 4 goals with 29 assists and was +25 with 18 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Re-joining the team for the Calder Cup playoffs, he had 3 assists and was -4 in six games. 

2015-16: Dumoulin stepped into a full-time role for Pittsburgh in his fourth pro season, skating in 79 of 82 regular season games and averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time in the playoffs. He had 16 assists and was +11 with 14 penalty minutes, averaging 18:53 minutes of ice time. The Penguins had the NHL’s best record over the final three months of the season.

Talent Analysis

Dumoulin is a big, smooth skating defenseman who is good at moving the puck. He is not overly physical for his size, but will use his large frame to protect the puck and help win battles in the corners and along the boards. He is a competent shot-blocker and is also good at retrieving the puck and starting the breakout. Dumoulin possesses a lot of natural talent, so it’s a matter of playing confidently and making smart decisions on a consistent basis.


Dumoulin steadily emerged as a reliable two-way defenseman for Pittsburgh in his fourth pro season, skating in 79 of 82 games during the 2015-16 regular season and seeing consistent ice time in the playoffs. Barring trades or injury he should be a fixture in the Penguins defense corps for the foreseeable future.

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