Stat line: Eight games; one goal, one assist, minus-three
Why he's in the lineup: Jacob Trouba, 19, was in the lineup regularly for the Winnipeg Jets until he took a vicious face-first fall into the boards in a game earlier this month against the St. Louis Blues.
Trouba was stretchered off the ice, but the results of the play were not catastrophic. Trouba suffered a sprained neck and will be able to return to the lineup. He will be re-evaluated shortly by the Jets team doctors and if he gets the go-ahead, he will be able to return to practice and game activity.
That's important for the Jets because Trouba was averaging 23 minutes of ice time per game before the injury.
Unlike many rookies, Trouba plays a punishing, physical game. He can also carry the puck and shoot it, but his physical play gives the Jets a player who is going to cause opponents to think twice before they skate in the offensive zone.
Despite his youth, Trouba was receiving consideration to play for the U.S. team in the Olympics prior to his injury. While he was no more than a long shot, it's clear that a healthy Trouba will be an asset to the Jets for the foreseeable future.
What he needs to do better: Trouba has the right demeanor to be a tough and effective player for years. However, he needs to improve his skating and stay away from reckless plays that could result in injury.