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Updated: July 19th, 2012 11:36am
Wild signs first-round draft pick Matt Dumba to three-year contract

Wild signs first-round draft pick Matt Dumba to three-year contract

by Tom Pelissero
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It didn't take the Minnesota Wild to get this year's first-round draft pick under the contract.

The team announced on Thursday it has signed defenseman Matt Dumba to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Dumba, 17, participated in last week's Wild development camp and delivered a couple of notable hits. He turns 18 next week and is the youngest player under contract with the team.

He can return to his junior team, the Red Deer Rebels, if he doesn't make the Wild roster.

Dumba led all Western Hockey League defensemen last season in goals (20) and had 37 assists in 69 games. In 2010-11, he had 15 goals and 11 assists and was named WHL rookie of the year.

He also captained Team Canada at the Under-18 world championships earlier this year and led the tournament in scoring with 12 points en route to a bronze medal.

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