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Questions Remain With Jacob Trouba And Sean Monahan

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

You’ve got to be sure.

Whether the question is, “Is Jacob Trouba a top-pairing defenceman?” Or, “Can I win a Stanley Cup with Sean Monahan as my first-line centre?” an NHL general manager has to absolutely sure he knows the answer before he starts handing out long-term deals to young, restricted free agents on just their second contract.

That is where the Jets are with their unsigned 22-year-old right-shot defenceman Trouba, a player on whom the hockey world is split. He is big (6-foot-3, 202 lbs.), mobile and shoots the puck well. But the question persists when you talk to people around the National Hockey League:

Is Trouba destined to be a top pairing defenceman on a good team? That’s the projection the Jets are facing, as Trouba’s camp is likely asking to be paid and played like a top-pairing defenceman.

Averaging eight goals and 24 points per season over his first three campaigns, the scoring numbers don’t add up to a top-pairing guy. And as one NHL exec asked, “Does Trouba make his teammates better?”

continued plus Johnny Gaudreau mentioned too...

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WingedRider's avatar

Sign and trade might work?  Not excited by a 1st Round, Mantha, Tatar and some other pieces. Some of the pieces mentioned in previous discussions.

Is he a top pairing? Hasn’t proven that yet.

Is he a whiner, sure seems like it. 22 yrs old and wants top pairing money.  Wanted to play with Buffy not the guy he was paired with. More PP time

BUT with the Wings having no top pairing , I guess he would default to that status.

Is this a rebuilding deal?  Steep price

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/11/16 at 02:23 PM ET


Desperate times call for desperate matters.

He may not be a first pairing guy but he has more potential than any player in Detroit to be that guy. No trade is without risk.

The price would be steep but it’s not like there are cheaper options with as much potential.

Posted by evileye on 08/12/16 at 02:17 PM ET

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