Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  By BRIAN HALL  |  Last updated 10/6/13
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mathew Dumba was in the NHL for the second straight season, but similar to last season, he was left to be a spectator in the Minnesota Wild's regular-season opener. Coach Mike Yeo could sense the nerves Dumba, Minnesota's 19-year-old defenseman, was playing with, even in practice. So instead of letting Dumba play in the season-opener on Thursday, Dumba was a healthy scratch and Clayton Stoner played with Keith Ballard. Yeo wanted his young defenseman to relax just a bit more before letting him hit the ice in the NHL. The wait didn't do much for Dumba's nerves, but he got his chance to make his NHL debut on Saturday night in the Wild's 4-3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks. "It was awesome," Dumba said. "It's everything I dreamed of. I know there's still a lot of hard work in front of me. It would have been nice to get the win tonight." Dumba played 10 minutes, 22 seconds on Saturday, pairing with the veteran Ballard. He finished with one shot on goal. "I th...
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