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Posted on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 8:20 p.m.

Report: Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba to turn pro

By Pete Cunningham

Michigan freshman defenseman Jacob Trouba will not be returning to the Michigan hockey team for his sophomore season, according to a report from the Winnipeg News.

Citing two "NHL sources," the Winnipeg News report said Trouba could be joining the Winnipeg Jets immediately if a contract can be agreed upon. Trouba was the first round draft pick of the Jets in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, ninth overall.


Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba will reportedly leave the Wolverines for the NHL after just one season in Ann Arbor.

Daniel Brenner | file photo

Michigan Daily reporter Matt Slovin first reported Trouba would be leaving school via Twitter followed by

Trouba told reporters last week that he was undecided on whether or not to turn pro or stay in school. As of Tuesday night, Trouba had yet to inform the team of his decision according to an official Michigan spokesperson.

Trouba finished the season with 12 goals and 17 assists for Michigan, one goal shy of the record for a Wolverines freshman defenseman. He was named the CCHA’s Best Offensive Defenseman, was named All-CCHA first team and was a finalist for Rookie of the Year.

Last week, Michigan coach Red Berenson said he "couldn't deny him if he wanted to go (to the NHL)." Berenson said he's not an advocate of players leaving school for the minor leagues, but if the NHL comes calling, he's all for it.

"I've told kids in the past if they're ready to play in the NHL, I'll drive 'em to the airport," Berenson said.

Trouba would be the second defenseman to leave the Wolverines in a week. Junior Jon Merrill signed an Amateur Try Out contract to play with the Albany Devils -- the New Jersey Devils' American Hockey League affiliate -- last week. He's registered three points in three games played so far.

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Pete Cunningham

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 2:09 a.m.

Update from Winnipeg: Trouba is officially a Jet Terms of the deal haven't been release, per team policy, but sources tell me that when you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette to your last dying day.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 1:31 a.m.

Well I can't say that I'm shocked. I predicted this earlier on in the season.