Rangers Finally Have Their Stud Defenseman in Trouba
By Patrick Hoffman
Ever since the New York Rangers traded Brian Leetch in 2004, I feel like the team has not had a true stud defenseman.
Sure, the club had good to above average defensemen in guys like Ryan McDonagh, Tom Poti, Darius Kasparaitis, Fedor Tyutin, Michal Rozsival, and Dan Girardi who all provided solid service to this franchise. With that said, there was no real wow factor with any of these guys.
The Blueshirts may finally have a wow factor in defenseman Jacob Trouba. The club acquired him from the Jets in June and last week, they signed him to a seven-year, $56 million contract.
In Trouba, the Rangers have a guy who can contribute to this club in several different ways. For starters, he is someone who can produce.
Last 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 who can be a big factor on this team's power play. He had 18 points with the man advantage last season, is a player who knows how to get the puck to the net, and he also can put himself in good position to create scoring opportunities.
In Trouba, the team has a guy that in addition to putting up points, can be a physical presence on the blue line. At 6'3", 202 lbs, Trouba is a big boy who can land big hits, get pucks out of the corners from opponents, and be an absolute rock in the defensive zone for this hockey club.
The team also gets a guy that has had a lot of playoff experience. In the last two years, he has played in 23 playoff games, has gone to the Western Conference Finals, while also being someone that has played on one of the better teams in the league over the last few seasons.
While Brady Skjei is a solid defenseman and someone who will also be a Ranger for a very long time like Trouba, he cannot carry this team's defense on his own. This is where Trouba comes in.
Trouba is now the stud defenseman for this hockey club. Ranger fans should be pumped about this deal.
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.