Redline Report has their latest out online and Oiler fans should know two things: Griffin Reinhart and Matt Dumba are unlikely to be around in the middle of the first round next summer. Reinhart, who has been described as a possible Shea Weber-clone, is ranked #10 by Redline.
Dumba? #7 and rising. Redline: When you combine his exciting skills with the type of passion and intensity he displays, the potential is there for something special.
He’s 6.0, 183 and eligible for the 2012 entry draft. Brendan Rossfrom dobber hockey offered this scouting report on him during the summer.
- Ross: Dumba could be one of the best skaters in the entire 2012 draft class at this point as he possesses elite agility and can be extremely elusive. His offensive skills should definitely excite fantasy addicts in the near future but on the ice he is a fan favourite for his bone crushing hits earning him comparisons to former Red Deer Rebel Dion Phaneuf (good or bad). Dumba registered a remarkable 12 assists in six games for the Team Pacific at the U-17 WHC. Keep this exciting defenseman on your radar as I feel he could become one of the best offensive defensemen of the 2012 draft. Dumba’s defensive game is nothing to sneeze at either but his elite skating skills, great puck control and hard accurate shot are a rare combination. The Calgary-native’s rookie production of 15 goals, 26 points and 83 penalty minutes are an indication of his potential to eventually become a multi-cat stud.
Dumba’s WHL progress offensively has been impressive year over year:
- Age 15: 6, 0-2-2 -1
- Age 16: 62, 15-11-126 +24
- Age 17: 22, 7-11-18 +8
Craig Button reported he was brilliant at the Ivan Hlinka. There’s a lot we don’t know about this player, but every road loss gives the team a better chance to draft “in the range.” I trust the Magnificent Bastard no matter where he picks (Eberle at 22? freaky scouting) but having a chance to call Dumba’s name at the 2012 entry draft should be considered a long shot based on the NHL team’s performance this season.