Monday, January 29, 2018
Jets Lose Trouba to Ankle Injury
The Winnipeg Jets announced on Monday morning that defenseman Jacob Trouba will be out for the next 6-to-8 weeks with an ankle injury, which he suffered in the team's last game before the All-Star break against the Devils.
It doesn't sound like the 23-year old needs surgery for his injury, which is good news, but the extended period of time on the shelf will be a pretty big burden on this club, as they try and maintain their position in the Central Division or possibly even improve upon it. It would likely be pushing up the likelihood that the Jets become buyers before the trade deadline and possibly sooner, rather than later.
Trouba leaves behind a big hole to fill on the blueline, more so in the time on ice category, as he was second on the team in ice-time, but he was also contributing offensively, scoring 3 goals and 20 points in 50 games this season, good enough for 49th among all defensemen in scoring.
The timeline also makes him a candidate for a drop in the 2nd round of the Waiver Draft for Stacey M., as the next six weeks, at the minimum, takes up more than half of the next segment of the season and her team is really trying to make that push towards the money spots. There isn't a whole lot available for defenders, but having someone healthy would certainly be better over those next 6-to-8 weeks, for sure.