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Matt Dumba: More Valuable than Shown

The offseason means the end of Minnesota Wild games, but the work is never done. With Exit Interviews, Hockey Wilderness assumes the GM's chair and sits down with each player to review their season, highlighting what we liked from them over the year and pointing out what can be improved to take the next step. Today is Matt Dumba's day to visit the front office.

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Matt, come on in and have a seat. Let's get right to it.

You continue to grow as a player and defensemen but you still have some improving to do as you're young and make mistakes as any player does. You had some tough games and were scratched after a few.

We still really value what you can do with the power behind your shot you possess. It's a great tool to have as you are able to get everything on it and make it tough to block and save- especially on the PP.

Expectations for Next Season

We just need more shots from your stick. We expect more in terms of production. If you want to be on the PP you're going to have to be in position to use your shot to your advantage.

While we don't always expect perfection in the defensive zone, we do expect our players to at least commit to playing strong in our own zone. This means putting your body on the line to block shots, play physical, and force turnovers.

Offseason Homework

1.) You haven't arrived yet. You had a better season with some growing but still have improvements to make on defense and offense. You have to start holding yourself accountable and looking to improve. We don't expect perfection but do expect hard work and improvement.

2.) Enjoy yourself. You had an overall strong season. Hockey is your career but it's supposed to be fun too so enjoy it while it lasts. Don't burn yourself out, but work hard and prove you belong here.