PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Jacob Trouba, ninth overall pick by the Winnipeg Jets, poses on stage with Jets representatives during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the No. 9 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Winnipeg Jets have selected Jacob Trouba, a defenseman who plays for the U.S. National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League.
Trouba, who will play for the University of Michigan this fall, is ranked No. 9 among all North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, and No. 9 overall by TSN. A native of Rochester, Michigan, Trouba had a 31 point season (9 goals and 22 assist) for the U-18 team in 50 games this season, his first full campaign after being called up from the U-17s last year. He logged three assists in six games for Team USA at the World Junior Championships.
Trouba has been part of the US Under-18 World Championships team, which has won consecutive gold medals two years running in the tournament, including a goal in the gold medal game in 2011. He posted three points and was a plus-five at the 2012 tournament.
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