Wild assign Mathew Dumba to Canadian national junior team

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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