September 26th, 2011 at 11:10 PM ^

It must have been the fine coaching I gave Jacob in Little League baseball when he was a 10 year old infielder/catcher on my team.

Glad to hear he's coming to Michigan.  At a young age, you could tell the kid was a superior athlete.


September 26th, 2011 at 11:10 PM ^

This kid is big time. Consensus rankings for the 2012 NHL draft have him as the No. 4 overall prospect (worldwide, not just U.S.) and No. 3 defenseman. If he doesn't go to the OHL, he'll have an immediate and big impact. Full hello-post treatment coming tomorrow morning. Needless to say, this is a huge pickup for Red.


September 27th, 2011 at 12:29 AM ^

I will leave my opinions until after Ace has had a chance to introduce him to you guys. I can't really have anything ready in time anyways, I'm very busy tomorrow. Maybe I can make a thread or diary in a day or so. I will say this kid is BIG TIME and will be making millions soon.. He is a safe blue chip NHL prospect.


September 27th, 2011 at 6:57 AM ^

Jacob Trouba wants to be known as a man of his word. So when the highly touted defensive prospect is ready to make his decision whether to play in the OHL for the Kitchener Rangers -- who hold his CHL rights -- or the NCAA, there won't be any late de-commitments or promises broken. "That's sort of why I haven't (committed), because I don't want to make a commitment and then back down from it," said the 17-year-old on Wednesday, while in Toronto to take part in the NHL's Research and Development Camp.

So I'd say his commitment is probably as solid as they come

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September 27th, 2011 at 12:20 AM ^

Love picking up a 5* defenseman, and it is especially sweet to do it at Notre Dame's expense.

Hopefully he stays on the college track and we see him at Yost next fall!


September 27th, 2011 at 7:18 AM ^

I'll still be surprised if he doesn't go the OHL route (maybe I'm still bitter about Gibson saying the whole time that he's 100% solid with Michigan, but I never trust the word of high-level atheletes because money talks), but I've been hoping this kid commits to Michigan for a long time. I really think he's got the potential to be the best defenseman to ever play for Michigan.

A few years back (maybe 2007, just before I moved out of Michigan), I was reffing a tournament in Michigan, and Trouba was an under-age kid but was easily the best kid on the ice. It was pretty apparent even at that age (he was like 13 playing with a fairly solid group of 15 year olds) that he had big things coming, and even his coach told me after the game when I asked about the kid that his future is every bit as bright as JMFJ's was at the same age.

Blue since 92

September 27th, 2011 at 1:38 PM ^

I have known Jacob and his family since I was a little kid.  I went to school with his older brother. His parents want him to go to school and get an education otherwise he probably would head to the OHL.  He is like many other top high school athletes, he thinks that he is going to surely make millions and that injuries are out of the question.  So if he could avoid doing anymore schoolwork he would probably take that route, but his parents aren't going to let that happen. I would be willing to bet that he is in Ann Arbor next fall preparing and ready to make a massive impact after being a very high draft pick this spring.