Report: Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba to turn pro
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.
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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.