In the ongoing NHL Draft, incoming Michigan recruit Jacob Trouba was just selected ninth overall by the Winnipeg Jets. He was the first college bound player taken in the draft, and the first Wolverine picked in the first round since Max Pacioretty in 2007.
“It’s awesome,” Trouba said in an interview with TSN after being picked. ”Being in the NHL is a dream come true. It’s a big step and I’m happy to be a Jet.” Trouba also reiterated his plan to attend the University of Michigan this fall.
Trouba is the second Wolverine defenseman to be selected by Winnipeg in as many years. The Jets picked defenseman Brennan Serville in the third round of last year’s draft.
Despite going ninth overall, Trouba is not the highest ever pick by the organization. That honor goes to former Wolverine defenseman Aaron Ward, who was taken with the 5th overall pick by Winnipeg in 1991.
By the way, if you can find a video highlight of it on YouTube or somewhere, TSN showed a highlight of Trouba as an 11 year old absolutely crushing some poor kid. They asked him if he remembered it and he immediately said he did, recalling that he wasn’t happy about his previous shift and that highlight was him coming straight off the bench and leveling that kid.