Dumba's opportunity

Young Mathew Dumba could make his debut for the Minnesota Wild this weekend. While several blueliners are hurting (to varying degrees), the Wild could turn to the 18-year-old defenseman for Saturday's opener-- according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

"... While I don’t feel the Wild should rush Dumba, I can also see how the team may decide not to send Dumba right back to his junior team, Red Deer. First, the Wild may need him right now because it’s so banged-up on the blue line. Second, he’s essentially a free body ... Not only would the first year of his contract not burn off until he plays in his sixth game, the Wild’s at the maximum 50 contracts right now. Dumba’s contract would not count as a contract until he plays in that sixth game. In other words, he wouldn’t be No. 51. So like I said, it would make sense that they keep him right now ..."

Suffering a minor groin 'tweak', Tom Gilbert is the latest Wild defenseman to fall injured. If Gilbert can't compete Saturday, you can almost count on seeing Dumba in the lineup.