However, Winnipeg announced, via press release on its website, that the team reached an agreement on a contract with Jacob Trouba.
The 19-year-old defenseman is one of the Jets’ top prospects and has spent this season playing for the University of Michigan Wolverines. In 37 games he has 12 goals and 17 assists for 29 points, to go along with 88 penalty minutes.
Trouba was selected ninth overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft by the Jets and has the potential to be a top-four defenseman in the league for many years.
He has great speed and agility which allows him to be dangerous offensively. At 6'2" and weighing in around 190 pounds, Trouba also plays a solid physical game.
These skills were on full display at the 2013 World Junior Championship, where Trouba won gold with Team USA and was named the tournament’s best defenseman.
Overall Trouba is a fairly well-rounded blueliner, who should be able to adjust to the NHL when given the opportunity. Keep in mind the Jets have just 10 games remaining in the lockout-shortened season. And, if Trouba plays in six games, it will count toward a year of his contract, according to Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.
It's a standard, three-year, entry-level deal with #NHLJets for Trouba. As said elsewhere, 1st year of contract burned after 6 games played— Ken Wiebe (@WiebeSunSports) April 3, 2013
It’s interesting to note that the signing was announced during Tuesday’s game and Dustin Byfuglien played forward in the third period. Perhaps Claude Noel was just trying to change things up in an attempt to motivate the Jets, or maybe Byfuglien will spend more time up front when Trouba arrives.
Regardless, the Jets need to turn things around and quick.
Jets vs. Islanders Synopsis
The Jets put forth another lackluster effort Tuesday, as the Islanders outworked them throughout the game, out-shooting them 39-25. If not for the acrobatic sprawling of Ondrej Pavelec, the Islanders would have put up six goals prior to the empty netter.
Paul Postma, who scored both Jets goals, deserves some credit for a good game as well. He put one upstairs on Kevin Poulin to tie the game at one and actually gave the Jets a brief lead in the second, when he redirected a smooth pass from Chris Thorburn.
Even with the lead, the Jets didn’t look much better and midway through the second period Colin McDonald tied the game for New York.
One positive take away would be the fact that the Jets took only one penalty. However, they failed to kill it off, as Frans Nielsen scored what would be the game winner, at the end of the second period.
On top of that, Nik Antropov left the game in the third and did not return.
With the loss the Jets are now just two points up on the Washington Capitals for first place in the Southeast Division.