Brian Dumoulin doesn't contribute much in the way of offense, but he provides shutdown defense for the Penguins. Acquired in the Jordan Staal trade, the Hurricanes draft pick is a piece of the young defensive core that has the Penguins four games away from a Stanley Cup victory.
Dumoulin plays on the top pairing with Kris Letang, filling the void left by Paul Martin signing on with the Sharks. Those are big skates to fill, and while Dumoulin doesn't quite have the seasoning that the veteran Martin has, Penguins fans haven't had too much to complain about.
Name: Brian Dumoulin
Number/Position: #8 / Defender
Born: September, 26, 1991
Birthplace: Biddeford, ME, USA
Drafted: 2nd round (51st overall) by Carolina in 2009
Has great size, mobility and puck-moving qualities from the back end. Can also produce a fair amount of offense at lower levels. Also owns the ability to log a ton of minutes and play a shutdown role.
Panics a bit under pressure and make mistakes with the puck on his stick. Could stand to become more of a physical presence in the NHL, so he needs to make better use of his 6-4 frame.
Big, mobile and minute-munching defenseman with a little upside.
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