I don't follow hockey at all, so I don't know NHL rules and all, but...he's playing in the NHL without a draft or offseason off???
Jacob Trouba will make his NHL debut tonight
In hockey, a player doesn't have to go through the process of revoking eligibility/hiring an agent that the NBA and NFL require. Trouba left the team (I think about two weeks ago?) and immediately signed with Winnipeg and probably an agent based on his nineth overall selection in 2012.
In the NHL, players have a more passive entry to the draft than in basketball or football (more like baseball than either other league) and can remain in school after being drafted, since the teams draft rights and don't expect to sign that season. Once a player decides to leave the NCAA, the team has thirty days to sign them to a contract.
So he was drafted last year, declared that he was going pro, and is now playing for the team that drafted him during the same season?
Would an analog for basketball have been Burke being drafted two years ago by say the bucks or whoever, now declaring last week, and playing for them in the playoffs this week? Cuz if so....they need to get on that!!!!
You have the concept correct, yes players drafted in previous years join teams later in the season when rosters are expanded for playoff races. However, if a player plays in more than 5 games this season it burns 1 year of his entry contract. This is why Winnipeg waited for Trouba to make his debut. They plan on playing Trouba 2-3 games, letting him see NHL speed and players, and not buring his contract year.
The NCAA, NBA moving in hockey's general direction, I mean. Trouba was drafted (in the top ten) by Winnipeg last year. I believe there are usually discussions with the team about what the preferred option for the player is. For example, Patrick Kane wasn't going to play in the minors at all, Trouba probably needed a year or two at most and both sides were comfortable with him playing for M (although the AHL may have come up as an option), and then other guys need more substantial development and will more or less be told to get coached up by Red for 4-5 years.
In basketball terms, this is like Burke being selected in the second round last year and having whatever NBA team salavating at having him at that price now, while someone might have the rights to sign GRIII as a first round pick but wouldn't be willing to do it this year and tell him to wait in the NCAA. Meanwhile a guy like Stauskas might be taken in a hypothetical fourth or fifth round and the Bulls or whoever aren't counting on him at all for 4-5 years.
"although the AHL may have come up as an option"
Not an option. Players of North American origin can't play in the AHL until they turn 20.
to describe the fact that I both hate and love the corrections you make regarding professional hockey bylaws and procedures?
Even if not, good catch; I probably should have given that a second thought before posting.
It's the unfortunate combination of being a lawyer and a diehard hockey fan...
Wow, that was fast. I had no idea he could play right away.
You'll pretty regularly see Michigan hockey players go right from the seaon's last game into the AHL or ECHL and sometimes work on graduating while they're with their new team. Pretty rare for a Michigan player to jump straight to the NHL. I've never seen it before. I'd guess Jack Johnson did it but I haven't heard of anyone else
Last season, Shawn Hunwick played for the Blue Jackets like a week or something after finishing his his Michigan career.
Andrew Cogliano signed with Edmonton after his 2nd year at Michigan, he made the roster out of camp and played all 82 games.
There have been a few. I can remember Denny Felsner doing it in the early 90's, Finished his senior year and went straight to the Blues to play a few games before the season ended. Of course he saw only a limited number of NHL games in his career after that.
Where did you read that? ESPN shows that he is scratched tonight. Hopefully he gets some game action still this season.
Well, that's what I get for taking NHLNetwork's word for it. He skated in the warm up, and was supposed to play, but didn't take the ice for the beginning of the game. With that in mind, I apologize for starting the thread, but at the time I wrote it he was listed as in the line up for tonight. I'm not sure what happened, but he was actually supposed to play tonight.
No worries. I am glad to know that he is at least getting close to playing. I was hoping he would get some experience this year after he declared he was leaving.
Trouba was out there was Kulda, and Peluso in warmups none of them played today. Instead, the Jets moved Buf back to defense and used Meech.
The season was on the line tonight so regardless of how ready he is, there was no way managment was picking this game to be his first.
I'm not sure I agree with that (although I do agree with your logic). They made an awfully big deal about it on NHL Live. That show is typically way more "connected" than to get fooled by that if there really was no way that they were going to play him.
It could have been a last second switch, but before the game Jets writers were on Twitter saying he wasn't going to play. I've even heard a few guys saying that they don't expect to see him play one game this year.
No, you're allowed to have a certain number of guys skate in warmups, and then the number is cut down for game time. There are a couple of reasons for why they would do it. One it could just be for shits and giggles, give him a chance to get out there in front of the crowd, or sometimes teams do that when they are uncertain about another player, for injury or something, so they put both out and then choose one.
I was hoping I could see Trouba bomb one in on Ryan Miller
I was so disappointed when I found out he wasn't playing after reading this. I haz many sads.