Loving the Trouba Deal for The Blueshirts
By Patrick Hoffman
I do not think this gets mentioned enough, but New York Rangers' general manager Jeff Gorton is awesome with a capital A.
For starters, he was smart enough to realize that the franchise needed to go through a significant rebuild. The club needed to get younger, faster, more skilled, and be a team that could develop players in their system.
Thus far, that plan is working for the Blueshirts. They certainly have a lot more speed, have been willing to call up players from their farm team in Hartford (the Hartford Wolf Pack), and certainly have a bit more skill.
Secondly, he realized that he needed to get rid of some veterans in order to get younger and acquire some draft picks. Moves like the Rick Nash one, Mats Zuccarello one, and a few others helped that cause.
Lastly, he made an unbelievable move on Monday, June 17 when he was able to acquire defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. This is an absolute fleecing by the Blueshirts.
That 20th overall pick was originally acquired from the Jets along with forward Brendan Lemieux when they gave up Kevin Hayes at the deadline. Essentially, what the Blueshirts did was acquire Lemieux and Trouba for Hayes.
This is an outstanding deal that Gorton made. Trouba, 25, is young, incredibly versatile, plays a physical brand of hockey, and can put up points.
This past season, Trouba had 50 points on eight goals and 42 assists in 80 games. These are the kinds of number that the Rangers need from their defense to help balance their offense.
Trouba is also someone that is going to help this team's power play. He had 18 points last season on the man advantage, he knows how to get the puck to the net, and he also knows how to put himself in good position to create scoring opportunities.
While Brady Skjei is a solid defenseman and someone who will be a Ranger for a very long time, he cannot carry this team's defense on his own. This is where Trouba comes in.
Trouba is now a stud defenseman for this hockey club. This is something the team has been missing for awhile.
Hopefully, Gorton will be smart and sign him to a good deal because they need someone like Trouba going forward. With the moves he has made so far, I would not expect this to be any different from what he has been able to accomplish so far.
Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave.
He has previously covered the league for WTP Sports, Sportsnet.ca, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.