Mathew Dumba is part a big part of the future blue line for the Minnesota Wild. He’s hardly alone, as Jonas Brodin and Ryan Suter both figure to be around for a long while and Jared Spurgeon has developed into a keen player with the extra man. As such a big part of the future of the franchise, it can sting a bit to find out you’ve been scratched.
That’s the position the promising 19 year-old defender finds himself in tonight as the Minnesota Wild take on the Nashville Predators. Drawing into the lineup in his place is Nate Prosser. Coach Mike Yeo didn’t just scratch Dumba, tell him to put on a suit instead of his skates and tell him to lay off the sugary sodas while he watches the game though.
According to Michael Russo Minnesota Star Tribune, Yeo gave Dumba some homework. As per Russo’s report:
…Dumba will watch from the press box. Yeo has given him a to-do list while he’s there. Dumba will be expected to view the game with an analyst’s eye, taking mental notes on what the defensemen are doing and looking for things he might incorporate into his own game.
He may remain on the sidelines for a game or two, but he hasn’t been bad for the Wild so far this season. According to the Star Tribune, Yeo said that Prosser has “worked his tail off” in practice and deserved a look.