Not only are the Winnipeg Jets currently leading the Southeast Division and potentially looking at a playoff berth this season, they can also be excited about the future after seeing their top draft pick from 2012 put the finishing touches on an outstanding first season of college hockey. Defenseman Jacob Trouba was named the CCHA’s Best Offensive Defenseman this week following the end of the regular season. He was also named to the All-Rookie Team and All-Conference Team, but missed out on the Rookie of the Year award (Riley Barber – Miami).
Trouba was the ninth overall pick last summer after two outstanding seasons with the U.S. National Development Team. As a freshman playing for the University of Michigan this season, he scored 12 goals and had 27 points in 35 games. Trouba’s play was one of the few bright spots for a Michigan team that struggled to a 10-win season and a seventh-place finish in the standings. He also joined Team USA for the 2013 World Junior Championship, helping the team win a gold medal. Trouba scored four goals and added five assists in seven games and was named to the tournament’s All-Star team. Trouba and his Wolverines teammates take on the top-seeded Miami Redhawks in the semifinals of the CCHA tournament this afternoon.
There will certainly be a lot of debate on how long Trouba’s college career lasts before he decides to turn pro, and only he knows the answer for sure. So far, the skill he has shown should have Jets fans excited about him joining Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien and Zach Redmond on the blue line in the near future.