Winnipeg Jets select Jacob Trouba with the ninth overall pick in 2012 NHL Draft

Winnipeg selected Jacob Trouba with the ninth overall pick in Friday's 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

 

Trouba is a 6’2, 196 pound defenseman playing in the USHL for the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP).

In 22 games, he scored four goals and added 14 assists.

The NHL Scouting Services had him ranked as the ninth best skater in North America, while the International Scouting Services had him check in at five.

Trouba thrives on playing a physical game. He doesn’t back down and isn’t afraid to throw bone-crushing hits.

Obviously, lining up hits is a talent only few have, and sometimes it gets him caught but he plays the game with swagger and he uses his large frame to separate players from the puck with relative ease.

He has a powerful shot, and can move the puck as well as any other defenseman in the draft. He is projected as a two-way defenseman because of his sound play in his own end.

Like many young players, scouts have questioned his decision-making, which is often times described as ‘erratic’ and is sometimes slow to react. With time, Trouba will learn how to read and react to developing plays, starting next year where he will attend the University of Michigan and play for the Wolverines; one of the top NCAA hockey teams in the country.