TORONTO -- The Minnesota Wild were thrilled that 2011 first-round pick Jonas Brodin emerged as a defensive workhorse last season. They'd like 2012 first-round pick Mathew Dumba to do the same this fall.
"I hope I get the same [opportunity]," Dumba told NHL.com at this week's NHL Players Association Rookie Showcase. "Just go in there with my hard work and determination and earn that. Hopefully I can do the great things he did. He had an awesome season.
"We're really good friends. He's a great guy and he deserves that. It was pretty cool seeing him make the transition so smooth. When he's out there, it almost looks effortless. He's an awesome guy."