Rangers’ Jacob Trouba meets Jets for second time since trading

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Jacob Trouba returned to the city of Winnipeg for the first time in February 2020 to play for the Jets, the team that drafted him and for whom he played the first six seasons of his NHL career after the organization sold him to Rangers off-season the previous year.

It might have been a somewhat nostalgic experience back then, but this time Trouba seemed completely unimpressed.

“I think the first time was obviously a little bit more unique than the others, but now – it’s nice to be back, it’s fun to be back – but I guess not the same emotions as last time,” said he before the Rangers faced the Jets for the first time this season at the Canada Life Center on Sunday night. “Obviously I’ve spent a lot of time here, a lot of memories here. With that in mind, I’m guessing this was the longest I’ve been away from Winnipeg in a long time. It’s fun to come back I think.”

Jacob Trouba
Jacob Trouba
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While he’s stayed in touch with some players, Trouba noted that the Jets have had a lot of sales over the past three years. The Jets are different, and so is Trouba. He went from being a youngster with the Jets who aspired to top fours to a veteran actually playing those top fours for Rangers.

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“He’s huge,” Gallant said of Trouba. “A veteran who plays the game right every night prepares. You know, team leader, you just expect what he’s going to do. That brings Jacob Trouba to your team. He plays physical, he plays hard, kills penalties, power play. He’s just a solid, solid player who shows up and consistently does the right thing every night.”

Trouba started Sunday as the second-highest defender at Rangers, behind only Adam Fox, reigning Norris Trophy winner. Trouba’s 26 points are good for sixth on the team, while his 18 assists place him fifth. With two assists and 14 shots on goal in his last five games before Sunday’s matchup against the Jets, Trouba was at the top of his game on both sides of the puck.

Jacob Trouba
Jacob Trouba played his first six seasons with the Jets.

However, the 28-year-old pointed out that Rangers don’t want to rely on goaltender Igor Shesterkin that much. But at the same time, Trouba said, the sudden Hart Trophy nominee is part of the team.

“Pretty consistent with our team game, we have stretches where we play really well and then we come away from that for stretches,” Trouba said when asked to rate defenses lately. “Obviously Igor was great. [Braden Schneider] I think he stepped in and played really well. good to have [Patrik Nemeth] back. I think we’re going on, I think we’re improving and I think we still have room to grow. And I would say it’s just more consistent overall, I think, for the D core and as a team game.” Rangers’ Jacob Trouba meets Jets for second time since trading


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