Jacob Trouba | Winnipeg Jets
Contract:$2.812 million/1 year, Production: 20pts/50 games, Slot: Top Pair
Why We Want Him
Jacob Trouba would be the future Johnny Boychuk. He plays just like Boychuk and is a number of years younger. Trouba is quicker, just as aggressive, and certainly just as, if not more, productive than Boychuk.
He’s an absolute perfect fit for the Islanders top defensive unit for the future. There’s no denying it. That’s the reason Winnipeg didn’t just cave to his trade request two years ago. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff (that name should sound familiar to those older Islanders fans) knew what Trouba could be, which makes Trouba an obvious target. Assuming he still wants to leave Winnipeg.
In terms of my own personal wish list of defenders, Jacob Trouba is right up there with Tyson Barrie.
Why We Don’t Want Him
We know he wants to leave Winnipeg. Or at least he wanted to as early as two seasons ago. But with the shape that the Jets are in now there’s no reason for them to budge on Trouba. They can absolutely wait this out and demand as much as they want. (Again, assuming he still wants out).
As an RFA the team simply has to extend a qualifying offer to Trouba for them to retain the rights to first refusal and wait it out. The Islanders don’t have the luxury to wait. They need help now, and if Snow calls up his counterpart in Winnipeg he’s going to hear a long list of demands.