22-Year-Old Defenseman – Winnipeg Jets
Jacob Trouba Contract Information:
Trouba agreed to an entry-level contract with the Jets in April of 2013.
Trouba remains unsigned ahead of Thursday's season opener against the visiting Hurricanes, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Trouba generated a lot of excitement with his 29-point rookie season, but he again missed a chunk of time to injury last year, playing in 65 games for the second straight season, and saw a seven-point drop in productivity. His durability is cause for concern already, but at 21 years old, the former first-round pick has plenty of time to continue developing his game. He likely won’t be a top-tier fantasy defender in 2015-16, but should produce at a level that will make him a strong addition to fantasy rosters. While role is a bit uncertain heading into the upcoming season, Trouba has the talent to solidify himself as a top-four defenseman for the Jets. He had surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand in April, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
In his first season as a pro, Trouba was able to crack the Jets’ Opening Night roster and never looked back. He quickly worked his way into a top four role on defense, and at just 20, he should be a staple of the Winnipeg blue line for years to come. He wasn’t a top-tier fantasy defenseman last season, collecting 10 goals and 19 assists in 65 appearances, but he was certainly serviceable and should be even better heading into his sophomore campaign. What does give us some pause are his recent issues with his neck. He missed more than a month of last season with a neck sprain and pulled out of the IIHF World Championships this offseason with more neck issues. The team has stated that his exit from the tournament was just precautionary and that he should be fully healthy heading into the season, but Trouba’s health is definitely something worth monitoring.
Trouba's solid future as a stay-at-home defenseman was never in doubt. It's been his offense that has been overshadowed. If Hainsey walks (he is an UFA), Trouba could have a major impact in Winnipeg this season. It is important to note that both Trouba and fellow Jet prospect Mark Scheifele attended Gary Roberts' High Performance Centre this past summer and, physically at least, both will be in great shape for training camp and ready for expanded roles. If someone in your league views Trouba as merely a high-end shut-down defender, get him now before it's too late.
Trouba will play for the University of Michigan in 2012-2013, leaving him with no fantasy potential for the coming season. Remember his name when he signs his first professional contract.