In October 2011, Brett Bulmer was a 19-year-old rookie living the dream — scoring three points in his first nine games at the NHL level.
Two years later, he’s finally getting another shot at the bigs.
On Thursday, the Wild recalled Bulmer from AHL Iowa to fill the vacant roster spot left by Mathew Dumba, who has joined the Canadian national junior team.
Bulmer, now 21, missed out on the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign — the Wild, like all NHL teams, didn’t have a full training camp — and was slowed during this summer’s prospect camp and exhibition campaign by a knee injury.
The 39th overall pick in 2010, Bulmer was sent back to Junior following his NHL debut in ’11-12, and proceeded to score 62 points in 53 games with WHL Kelowna. But he’s failed to replicate that offensive production at the AHL level, scoring just seven points in 43 games last year and 12 in 21 games this year.
That said, Bulmer feels he’s ready to make his mark.
“I’m a very confident player now,” he told the Pioneer Press. “You have to be confident every night. If you don’t have the right mind-set going in, you’re not going to do anything.”