Exit: Jacob Trouba

Submitted by Seth on April 2nd, 2013 at 7:01 PM


Your nightmares. (Keith Srakocic/AP via CBCSports)

NHL reporter EJ Hradek just tweeted an awful thing:


Daily's Matt Slovin appears to have confirmed. With him and Merrill leaving that's a top line of…? Bennett-Downing? I don't want to think about it. At least when he's next-Pronger (except not the worst person ever) we can beat our chests and such. Good luck to him. I'm gonna go pout or…oh hey look basketball!



April 2nd, 2013 at 7:07 PM ^

There's so much front-page content, you guys may need to put those "after the jump" links in a little earlier in some of these articles.  The articles are getting shoved down within hours.


April 2nd, 2013 at 7:49 PM ^

It's not the number of articles that's the issue, but how much of them you're putting on the front page.  Maybe there shouldn't be more than one paragraph per story on the front page during high-traffic periods.


Sac Fly

April 2nd, 2013 at 7:19 PM ^

Returning: Mac Bennett, Mike Sumza, Mike Chiasson, Brennan Serville, Kevin Clare(?)

Incoming: Michael Downing, Nolan De Jong, Spencer Hyman, Kevin Lohan(?)


Not even the biggest optimist could put a positive spin on this.

Sac Fly

April 2nd, 2013 at 8:17 PM ^

When you look at it from a numbers perspective, Michigan loses two guys who could skate for 20-25 minutes a game. We don't really have a replacement for that.

Now we have no choice but to squeeze minutes out of low usage players and freshman. It will either work, or it will be a disaster.


April 3rd, 2013 at 5:05 AM ^

And the best two or three will leave after one season for the NHL, and Red will never get to reap the reward for the coaching efforts he and his staff put in on these one-and-dones. You don't truly get that return on your coaching investment until a player is a junior or senior.


April 2nd, 2013 at 7:46 PM ^

Phaneuf? He plays like Pronger except without the cheap attempts to injure and whatnot. Uses his size, huge reach, speed, even the way he bangs off of things before he moves in the other direction. Pronger minus the asshattery is the best way I can describe his potential.


April 2nd, 2013 at 7:48 PM ^

On a similar, but more positive not Mitch says he's not leaving for the NBA after this season.
@kmeinke: Mitch McGary says he will return to Michigan for sophomore season http://t.co/zhuqpdjTbu

It's not really surprising, but ESPNs latest mock draft had him going late in the first round. I can't wait to see what he can do next season.


April 2nd, 2013 at 7:55 PM ^

This wasn't really a shock and I also can't say I'm disappointed.  Trouba was clearly NHL-ready and it's the right move for him.  The defense is in a bit of tough spot next year, but maybe someone will make a leap or someone will respond to the pressure or maybe a forward will move back and be awesome.  It's too early to tell and it's not like having Trouba and Merrill this year was the magic key.  


April 2nd, 2013 at 8:04 PM ^

I feel like we've become victims of our own success in some ways.  Lots of highly recruited kids coming in and then leaving early because they have the talent to go pro quickly.  I have to wonder if perhaps we should have taken a few more sleepers/developmental prospects in previous classes.  Four years of a good player who plays on a stable line might be better than a year or two of a great player.  


April 2nd, 2013 at 8:43 PM ^

This isn't really a surprise at all. He's a fantastic player, and it's not like Michigan appears primed for a championship run or anything (they could have surprised with him, of course, but this roster won't be mistaken for '96-'97). He's pro-ready, he played a solid year, he's about to get seriously paid.

I'm glad we got him for a year. I'm sorry it had to be this year.

Adam Schnepp

April 2nd, 2013 at 8:53 PM ^

Cue the anti-Muppets! Which I guess would just be kittens....

Either way, I guess Trouba and Merrill are sorta like Muppets in that you can't have one without the other.


April 2nd, 2013 at 9:02 PM ^

He was a stud at the World Juniors, was one of our best players this year and he is ready for the pros. The fact that Jacob is a right-handed shot is also huge given the dearth of defensement with his skill set.

Wolverine In Exile

April 2nd, 2013 at 9:03 PM ^

I thought he played like an nhl ready guy in the world juniors but on michigan I thought he played frustratingly meh. Flashes of brilliant skill and physical play were almost always followed by brain farting penalties or numbnuts turnovers in the defensive zone. I didn't think he was close in overall play to JMFJ or even a frosh Merrill. So, overall I'm not surprised he's leaving but I also think he could've used another yr of maturing like Johnson took advantage of.


April 3rd, 2013 at 8:34 AM ^

And why do you think that is? Would it have anything to do with the fact that those teams were led by guys like Morrison, Madden, Luhning, and Botterill (to just name a few) who didn't leave after their freshman season?