Just like that, Mathew Dumba goes from the press box to a potentially increased role for the Minnesota Wild. Jonas Brodin has a broken cheekbone, and will be out for the foreseeable future. That leaves a ton of minutes to fill on the blue line for the Wild moving forward. While an exact timetable for Brodin’s return isn’t known, it’ll likely be at least a few weeks.
Jonas Brodin suffered broken cheekbone last night and is out indefinitely. Timetable for his return will be announced once it is determined
— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) October 23, 2013
Brodin was a revelation for Minnesota last season. He took a spot alongside Ryan Suter on the top pairing and never looked back. He garnered some quiet consideration for the Calder Trophy after making the toughest position in the sport look easy as a rookie.
The injured defender was averaging more than 25 minutes of ice time a night (not including the 71 seconds he played before the injury in Nashville against the Predators) and was seeing an increased role on the power play as well. That’s a lot of extra time for everyone currently healthy and on the blue line for the Wild.
The deal looks especially sweet for the highly-touted Dumba though.
With Minnesota sporting so many outstanding options on defense, the 19 year-old Dumba has seen a consistently reduced role so far this season. It’s very likely that he’ll draw back into the lineup now, and that he’ll see an increase over the 12 minutes and change he’d been playing prior to Brodin’s injury.