Jacob Trouba to Winnipeg Jets: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IJune 23, 2012

Photo Credit: usahockey.com
Photo Credit: usahockey.com

Position: Defenseman

Height/Weight: 6'1", 194 lbs

Shoots: Right

DOB: 2/24/1994

Team: USA National Development Team (USHL)

Jacob Trouba is not the most polished defenseman in this draft class, but he's already shown with the United States development team that he has all the talent needed to be one of the more complete blueliners in hockey. His skating ability, especially his quickness and agility, are quite impressive at this stage of his development.

In 22 games in the USHL, Trouba scored four goals with 14 assists. His offensive game is solid, and he will have no problem providing some scoring depth to an NHL team when he arrives as a rookie.

You won't ever have to tell Trouba to shoot because he is aggressive with the puck on the blade of his stick around the blue line. When Trouba fires a puck toward the net, his shot power is put on full display, and it wouldn't be surprising if he participates in a hardest shot competition at the All-Star skills competition at some point in his career.

Defensively is where Trouba needs to keep improving if he wants to be a top-tier NHL defenseman. He has good size, but he needs to make smarter decisions in his own end and not go for the big hit or take risky chances.

Trouba will work on all his weaknesses in college and will have plenty of time to become a more complete player. Fans must be patient because Trouba will be a solid NHL player when he's ready to make the jump to the pros.

Nicholas Goss is an NHL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and was also the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final in Boston.

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