Arctic Ice Hockey's First Annual NHL Mock Draft: Pick #6

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: A banner is displayed at the Xcel Energy Center before the start of day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hey all! Welcome to Arctic Ice Hockey's first annual NHL Mock Draft. Over the next thirty days, Ryan, Tim and myself will attempt to telepathically channel the minds of NHL General Managers as they complete their final rankings in preparation for the 2012 NHL Draft being held June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA.

In some instances, our analysis will require less insight than others *cough* *Edmonton* *cough*.

So without further adieu, we present our loyal readers with the sixth overall pick of Arctic Ice Hockey's 2012 Mock Draft.

Bob Murray: With the sixth overall selection in this years draft, the Anaheim Ducks are pleased to select...


Matt Dumba

Defenseman / Red Deer Rebels - WHL

6-0

July 25 1994
Hometown: Regina, SK

Shoots: Right



GP G A P +/- PIM
2011-12 Red Deer Rebels (WHL) 69 20 37 57 -6 67

Rankings: CSS (11 NA), ISS (6), TSN (2), Hockey Prospectus (6)

The Skinny: After Filip Forsberg was selected one spot ahead of their pick, the Ducks will have the opportunity to go with either Teuvo Teravainen or a slew of defensemen at number six. With Justin Schultz set to sign elsewhere this off-season, the Ducks could use more defensive depth in their system and the addition of Dumba will help in that regard. Known more for his offensive numbers, Dumba will be a welcomed addition for a team that very well could lose Lubomir Vishnovsky -- the teams top offensive defenesman -- in free agency this summer.

Hockey Prospectus:

Dumba is an electrifying and energetic talent who is the second-best pure talent on the back-end in this draft behind Morgan Rielly, but Dumba comes without the worry of a torn knee. Dumba is a well above-average skater who may touch elite level. His agility and overall first few steps are certainly plus plus which makes him a joy to watch with how effortlessly he flies around the ice. He's so hard to check in open ice and his skating makes him a prototypical weapon to bring the puck up out of his zone due to how easily he avoids pressure with his direction-changing ability or the speed he hits in full flight. Dumba also looks impressive with the puck and can make things happen with his puck handling. He's quite coordinated skating with speed and can make some nice moves. He does try to do too much which is one of his main issues, but one shouldn't mistake that for selfishness, as he will distribute the puck quite well and isn't a puck hog but just will try to overdo it at times when he does have the puck. His hockey sense is up and down, as while at times he does display good vision, there will be other instances where he has tunnel vision but more the former than the latter. Dumba is an aware defensive player, though, and is more than capable of shutting down good players. While he can defend with his mobility and reads, he also is a player who regularly throws big hits, embraces the physical aspect of the game, and is effective doing so despite being under six feet tall. - Corey Pronman

AIH Draft Board

Pick Team Player Pos Nationality Amateur Club
1 Edmonton Oilers Nail Yakupov LW RUS Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2 Columbus Blue Jackets
Mikhail Grigorenko C RUS Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
3 Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk C USA Sarnia Sting (OHL)
4 New York Islanders Ryan Murray D CAN Everett Silvertips (WHL)
5 Toronto Maple Leafs Filip Forsberg RW SWE Leksands IF (Allvenskan)
6 Anaheim Ducks Matt Dumba D CAN Red Deer Rebels (WHL)

Community Draft Board

Pick Team Player Pos Nationality Amateur Club
1 Edmonton Oilers Nail Yakupov
LW RUS Sarnia Sting (OHL)
2 Columbus Blue Jackets Mikhail Grigorenko C RUS Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
3 Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk C USA Sarnia Sting (OHL)
4 New York Islanders Ryan Murray D CAN Everett Silvertips (WHL)
5 Toronto Maple Leafs Filip Forsberg RW SWE Leksands IF (Allvenskan)

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