Incoming Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba was just selected by the Winnipeg Jets with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Trouba was projected to be a top-10 pick by most, and that was a dead on prediction with him going with the ninth pick of the first round. Assuming he actually makes it to Michigan, he will be a big contributor for the Wolverines starting this fall.
Trouba, who is from Rochester, Michigan, played with the USA National Team Development Program the previous two seasons. In 2011-12, he was on the Under-18 Team and scored nine goals and had 22 assists (for 31 points) in 50 games. A season earlier, he recorded seven points on the Under-17 Team.
Trouba is one of several players with ties to the University of Michigan expected to be selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. Current Michigan forward Phil Di Giuseppe could be a first-round pick, as could incoming Michigan forward Cristoval "Boo" Nieves. On the second day of the draft, a few other recruits could be selected.