JETS - JACOB TROUBA Position: Defence Shot: Right Age: 19 Height: 6-2 Weight: 187
Jacob Trouba was the 9th overall pick in 2012 for a reason. The Michigan native has spent the past two seasons (2010-2012) with the United States National Team Development Program.
Trouba is a hard-hitting defenceman who’s best asset is his physical game. At only 187 pounds and 19 years of age, Trouba could still add muscle to his 6’ 2’’ frame.
He is also not afraid to jump into the play. Trouba left the University of Michigan after only one season but in 37 games for the Wolverines, the defenceman tallied 29 points (12-17-29) including 12 goals and 88 penalty minutes.
Trouba will do his best to shake the ‘offensive defenceman’ title and show his successful two-way game skillset at this Young Stars Classic.
The Winnipeg prospect may try to use his size and physicality against some of the bigger Oilers prospects when the two teams square off.
The Jets haven’t played yet at this Penticton, B.C. tournament so the first glimpse of Trouba in Jets game attire will be tonight.
After two seasons with the Prince George Spruce Kings, in which he scored 39 goals and added 82 assists, Jujhar Khaira decided to go to school at Michigan Tech.
The Surrey, B.C. had 25 points in 37 games as a freshman at MTU, finishing third on their team in scoring. But, he decided to turn pro as a 19-year-old sophomore and signed a three-year entry level contract.
Khaira is a a tall presence on the frontline at 6’ 3’’ and the Oilers wanted him bad enough to take him in round 3, 63rd overall in the 2012 draft.
He has proven himself to be a dangerous offensive talent for the Oilers young prospect ranks.
Khaira scored his first goal as an Oiler on Thursday night in Edmonton’s opening game of the Young Stars Tournament against Calgary. Defenceman Martin Gernat fired a point shot through traffic and Khaira’s big frame was planted in front of the Flames net and deflected off of the forward and in.
A physical presence in front of the net is the way to score many greasy goals. Khaira is an intriguing prospect and one to continue to watch in Penticton
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