Wild assign Mathew Dumba to Canadian national junior team
DEC 11, 2013 10:21a ET
Mathew Dumba will soon be getting more playing time.
The Minnesota Wild assigned Dumba, the team's 2012 first-round pick, to the Canadian national junior team Wednesday in order for Dumba to play with the team during the 2014 IIHF World Junior championships in Sweden starting on Dec. 26.
Dumba, 19, has played in 13 games with Minnesota this season but has been a healthy scratch for the past seven games. He has one goal and one assists in his first NHL season after being the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft.
By playing in at least 10 games this season, Dumba is in the first year of his entry-level contract with the Wild. Dumba’s junior team rights were traded from Red Deer to the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League on Tuesday.
Dumba is one of 25 players invited to Canada’s junior team selection camp on Dec. 12 and the team will have to finalize a roster of 22 players.
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