ST. PAUL, Minn. Mathew Dumba is hoping to switch teams midseason and join the Minnesota Wild. He just never thought he'd be doing so quite like he did Wednesday night.
Dumba, the 18-year-old participating in his first NHL training camp, was Minnesota's first overall draft pick last summer, taken with the No. 7 pick. He's spent this season with his junior team, Red Deer, in the Western Hockey League while the NHL and Wild have been going through the lockout. Dumba was hoping to get the chance to jump from Red Deer to the Wild this season. He didn't know his switching of teams was going to be Wild to Wild.
Midway through Minnesota's intrasquad Red vs. White scrimmage in front of over 13,000 fans at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday night, Dumba switched teams to compensate for the loss of veteran defenseman Tom Gilbert.
Dumba handled the transition as well as he's done the leap from junior hockey. The 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman was credited with an assist on the first goal of ...