Just when things couldn't get any worse on defense, Michigan loses it's top defenseman and freshman to the USA World Championships. Great. Spectacular.
M Hockey: Trouba & Merrill will not play GLI
This was not unexpected. The best players go the World Junior Championship every year.
Yes but still, It is a huge loss to a defense that is non-effective.
Is Merrill actually playing in the Worlds? Or is he just an honorary selection
Neither. Still injured.
At least the GLI doesn't count in CCHA standings. Most important thing right now is racking up wins in the conference.
It may be bad for Michigan hockey right now, but it's a great opportunity for Trouba and he should benefit from the experience. Hopefully, he can come back to Ann Arbor stronger.
but it continues to be good for the long term. I'd rather have some of our best players out in the World Juniors where they represent Michigan Hockey to more eyes than Michigan Hockey normally ever sees since it's only for 2 games.