The New York Rangers have acquired Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in change for Neal Pionk and the 20th-overall choice within the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. The draft decide was initially owned by the Jets and was acquired from the Rangers within the commerce that noticed Kevin Hayes despatched to Winnipeg.
This ends the Trouba saga in Winnipeg that has gone on for a couple of seasons. Whereas the 25-year-old defender has confirmed to be among the many NHL’s finest all through his profession, he broke out in a giant method in 2018-19 by scoring eight targets and 50 factors in 82 video games this previous season.
It’s been a turbulent profession in Winnipeg for Trouba who felt that he wasn’t getting used to his full potential in Winnipeg again in 2016 because the staff wasn’t enjoying him on his pure proper aspect. This was because of the staff’s depth on protection and consequently, Trouba desired a change of surroundings to actually attain his full potential, asking for a commerce from the membership.
Trouba would ultimately signal a two-year bridge take care of the Jets value $6 million and finally rescinded that unique commerce request. He was given the time and alternative he deserved, however the Jets by no means really felt just like the long-term dwelling for the 6-foot-Three, 202-pound blueliner.
He’d signal a one-year deal value $5.5 million final offseason and he’s searching for a brand new, long-term contract in his new dwelling with the Rangers.
Jets and Rangers Making Offseason Waves
Trouba will now go from the No. 1 right-shot defender on Winnipeg to the No. 1 right-shot defender in New York, assuming the staff performs him alongside Brady Skjei because the No. 1 choice on protection for them.
In change for Trouba, the Jets are getting Pionk, a 23-year-old defender who simply completed his second NHL season. In 101 profession video games, the 23-year-old has scored seven targets and 40 factors and has made waves for the staff early in his profession. He’s coming off of a six-goal, 26-point marketing campaign in 73 video games this previous season.
Neal Pionk, New York Rangers, Mar. 22, 2018 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
If he ever needs to succeed in his potential, although, he’ll have to enhance drastically on the defensive aspect of the puck as he’s been greater than lackluster in that division to this point in his younger profession.
Pionk will get an opportunity to show he can play higher defensively with the Jets who at the moment are with out Trouba and could possibly be with out Tyler Myers on the right-side after this offseason.
For the Rangers, this deal got here from a place of power. The staff has been stockpiling property for a couple of seasons after declaring a retool was needed. They already look primed to take a giant step ahead within the coming seasons and will keep away from an enormous rebuild altogether on the charge they’re constructing their NHL roster.
Jacob Trouba – Winnipeg Jets vs Philadelphia Flyers – November 17, 2016 (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
Trouba has what it takes to play in all conditions and is the right choice for the Rangers on protection. It isn’t simple parting with a first-round decide or a 23-year-old like Pionk who’s taken the NHL by storm offensively in such little time, however the Rangers aren’t seeking to construct a contender on the promise of a late-round prospect panning out. On the identical time, Trouba is an plain improve on Pionk within the short-term.