Jacob Trouba
Jacob Trouba
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Winnipeg Jets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Given Trouba's lack of durability, his contract holdout from two years ago and filing for arbitration before reaching terms with the Jets ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, there are legitimate concerns regarding the defenseman — certainly from a fantasy angle and perhaps even from the vantage point of the Jets brass. Still, there's no denying that the Michigan native is a skilled performer. Trouba sees time on both the power play and penalty kill. He fits the two-way profile having amassed 129 points (34 goals, 95 assists) to go along with 527 hits and 647 blocked shots over 326 career games. From a fantasy angle, it should be “Trouba Time” a couple of rounds after the blueliners are drafted. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with Winnipeg in July 2018.
Posts another multi-point night
DWinnipeg Jets
January 9, 2019
Trouba registered a goal among three points in a 7-4 victory against the Avalanche on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
The 24-year-old has experienced health problems in each of the last two seasons, but being healthy through the beginning of January this season has helped Trouba post four goals and 21 points. He's on pace for career highs in assists, points and plus-minus. Reaching a career best in goals isn't out of the realm of possibility either.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    22:30
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:09
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:29
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
24:58
1:40
3:00
2017–18
21:54
1:28
2:31
2018–19
22:30
1:09
2:29
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Patient fantasy owners who stuck it out through Trouba’s holdout last year were rewarded handsomely, as the physical blueliner ended up with a career-high 33 points in 60 outings for Winnipeg. While his eight goals and 25 helpers didn't quite send him to teammate Dustin Byfuglien’s tier, Trouba offers mid-range fantasy value with upside that owners can likely pick up mid-draft. While there are still questions about the 23-year-old’s long-term future with the Jets, he remains under contract for the 2017-18 season. Expect the Jets’ ninth overall pick from the 2012 draft to average approximately 25 minutes per contest while suiting up on both the power play and penalty kill. It’s conceivable (if not expected) that he'll use his 0.55 points per game from the 2016-17 campaign as a stepping stone to another banner season.
Trouba has found a sweet spot in three straight seasons, hitting 20-plus points in each campaign, although he’s decreased each year since his rookie total of 29. He registered six goals, 15 assists, 62 PIM and a plus-10 rating in 2015-16, which went along well with his down and dirty stats – 144 hits and 177 blocks. Secured on the second pair with Tyler Myers (hip/knee) hobbling, the 22-year-old complements the Winnipeg defense well and will continue to see consistent ice time, having averaged more than 22 minutes per game in each of his NHL seasons.
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.
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Tallies pair of helpers in big win
DWinnipeg Jets
January 6, 2019
Trouba registered two assists in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Stars.
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Struggling to produce
DWinnipeg Jets
December 26, 2018
Trouba is pointless in his previous nine outings.
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Notches two assists in comeback win
DWinnipeg Jets
December 2, 2018
Trouba recorded a pair of helpers in Sunday's 4-3 win over New York.
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Scores rare goal in win
DWinnipeg Jets
November 30, 2018
Trouba scored and added an assist Thursday in a 6-5 win over Chicago.
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Snags assist versus Canucks
DWinnipeg Jets
November 20, 2018
Trouba garnered a helper in Monday's 6-3 win over Vancouver.
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