Matt Dumba (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
Wild rookie blueliner Matt Dumba is still finding his footing as a 20-year-old in the NHL. But the slap shot he unloaded Monday against the Canucks left opponent Derek Dorsett hobbling back to the bench on one skate.
Minnesota rookie defenseman Matt Dumba has yet to establish himself as an elite-level NHLer, but if he continues taking slap shots that break the skate blade of another player – in this case, one belonging to Canucks winger Derek Dorsett – he's going to become known around the league in a hurry.
Dumba unloaded a slap shot from the blueline Monday and the force of the shot blasted the skate blade clean off of Dorsett's right foot, leaving the veteran to hobble to the bench on one skate to get a replacement: (gif from @TheCauldron via reddit user kasabe)
Dumba is being eased into an NHL job, with limited minutes (averaging 12:33 per game) and limited success (two goals and six points) in 28 games this season. But one of his four assists came Monday on Minnesota's first goal and he and his Wild teammates defeated the Canucks 5-3 to post their sixth straight victory and pull within three points of the Canucks, so the 20-year-old is undoubtedly on a high at the moment.