The Anaheim Ducks, via Ducks Daily Blog select defenseman Matthew Dumba from the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL.
With the Ducks less than 30 days away from losing their top defensive prospect (University of Wisconsin’s Justin Schultz) due to a free agency loophole, the Ducks are thin on the blue line and Dumba is a great pick to fill that spot. Dumba is a born leader who plays with abandon and is never afraid to go for the big hit, even on much larger players. Playing a style that is closely comparable to Dion Phaneuf at the same age, Dumba will be a nice offset to Cam Fowler as the Ducks’ top blue line pairing for years to come.
The Red Deer Rebels star will likely need another season of junior and is a lock to make the Canadian World Junior team in December. However, it would not shock me to see him stick around in the NHL for his 9 game trial before being sent back. He was the captain and the best player for Team Canada in the World Under-18 Championships last month.
On the clock with the #7 pick is the Minnesota Wild, and Gone Puck Wild.