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Wild sign first draft pick
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ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Wild have signed teenager and first-round draft pick Mathew Dumba.

The Wild announced Thursday the signing of 17-year-old Dumba, who was the seventh overall draft pick. He recently participated in the Wild's prospect camp after serving as a captain for Canada in the Under-18 world championships.

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Dumba had 20 goals and 57 points for Red Deer in the Western Hockey League last season. He led all WHL defensemen in goals. The Wild envision him becoming a top-shelf, puck-moving defenseman.

His development will no doubt be aided by the recent acquisition of veteran defenseman Ryan Suter. The Wild signed Suter to a 13-year, $98 million contract this month.

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