I don't think the defense needs to step up to replace Dumba's offense. They just need to play tighter defense, cut down on allowing scoring opportunities for the other team. Make the safe, smart play rather than trying to force an offensive opportunity.
The guys that need to step up are guys like Coyle, Niederreiter, Zucker and Eriksson-Ek.
Coyle's on pace for 38 points. Last season missing a significant portion of the season Coyle had 37 points.
Niederreitter's on p
I would think even people who AREN'T big fans of his would see that he is a big missing piece.
Can't see how missing the league's leading D-man goal scorer makes a team better.
Like I said before, the Wild simply do not have the depth to replace what Dumba has been bringing offensively this year.
As for defensively, yea, his game there still needs work, but anyone who has followed him from the time he was brought up and seen how his NHL game has matured knows that he is hea