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Jacob Trouba

Get to know a draft pick — Jacob Trouba

All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Jacob Trouba (D)

Height: 6’2 Weight: 193 Shoots: Right

Team: U.S. National Development Program

Country: United States

NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 9 among North American skaters

What kind of player is he?

Trouba has all the “measurables” teams look for in a blueliner. He’s a a strong skater (despite almost giving up on it when he was four), throws his sizable frame around and can contribute offensively as well.

Trouba needs to polish his overall game, though, and one of the chief criticisms is that he needs to “refine” his defensive decision-making.

Of note, his favorite video game is “Super Monkey Ball.” You know that now. There’s no un-knowing it.


“He’s got good size, he’s got good skill. He plays a pretty solid two-way game and he probably plays with a little more edge than some of the other (defensive prospects) that are bigger point producers.

“I think that’s part of his appeal, that he plays the game well at both ends of the ice and plays with a little more edge and assertiveness than some of the other guys do.” — Carolina Hurricanes director of amateur scouting Tony MacDonald.

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Malcolm Subban

Ryan Murray

Pontus Aberg

Oscar Dansk

Griffin Reinhart

2011 Draft Profile: Sean Couturier

2011 IIHF World U20 Championship - Day Four

Sean Couturier is a big body center who has excellent vision and hands. He’s responsible in his own zone, can grind with the best of them, and is one of the best face-off guys in this year’s draft. If this were the pre-lockout NHL, scouts would be drooling all over him (more than they are) because of his combination of size and skill.

Before the season started, Couturier competing for the #1 overall spot in the draft; he was the only underager to make Team Canada’s World Junior Championship team as well. But concerns about his skating ability knocked him down a peg from the likes of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Comparisons for Couturier have ranged from Jason Allison to Joe Thornton. He’s a big player who just looks like he’d be a dominant force with his playmaking ability. Unfortunately, like Thornton he doesn’t always use his big body to his advantage. A truly talented player, he should be able to make it in the NHL—but if he can improve his skating, he’ll be able to thrive. It hasn’t been a problem so far.

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 197 lbs
Position: Center
Team: Drummondville (QMJHL)

  • 2008-09: 9 goals and 22 assists (31 points) in 58 games
  • 2009-10: 41 goals and 55 assists (96 points) in 68 games
  • 2010-11: 36 goals and 60 assists (96 points) in 58 games



From NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards

“Sean has excellent puckhandling and playmaking ability; he sees the ice and reads the play very well . . . He’s extremely smart and gets himself into good scoring position. He plays a solid two-way game and is very responsible defensively.”

From International Scouting Services:

“He is an extremely smart and skilled playmaking center. He sees the ice well, knows where team mates are at all times; his passing is exceptional plus he is extremely dangerous in close. He creates offense and makes player better around him.”

2011 Draft Profile: Jonathan Huberdeau

Saint John Sea Dogs v Mississauga St. Michael's Majors

No one has shot up the draft rankings over the last 12 months like Jonathan Huberdeau. He’s a player who really doesn’t have any weaknesses to his game. On one hand, he might be the most dependable, 2-way player in the entire draft. On the other hand, he can be absolutely electrifying when he has the puck on his stick. He can create offensive for himself with a very good shot; but he’s even better when he’s setting up teammates with great vision. He’ll only improve as he continues to fill out into his 6’1” frame.

As great as his hockey skills have proven to be over the course of the year, Huberdeau took the leap into the draft’s elite prospects with his outstanding play in the QMJHL playoffs. He raised his game when the stakes where the highest as he lead the talented Sea Dogs to a QMJHL championship and Memorial Cup victory. If he can put on some muscle over the summer, he could be on an NHL roster on opening night.

Height: 6’1”
Weight: 170 lbs
Position: Center
Team: Saint John (QMJHL)

  • 2009-10: 15 goals and 20 assists (35 points) in 61 games
  • 2010-11: 43 goals and 62 assists (105 points) in 67 games



From NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Bordeleau

“He’s the type of player who can change the outcome of a game suddenly and quickly. He’s displayed unbelievably quick hands and an ability to set up and score goals. He definitely has NHL hands and playmaking ability . . . he’s also gritty and does not back down when challenged.”

From International Scouting Services:

“He is a complete player; a great combination of work ethic, skill, competitiveness and hockey sense. He contributes at both ends of the rink. He is an offensive threat whenever he touches the ice; he creates scoring chances with good 1 on 1 ability, vision, passing and he can score. The type of player you win with.”