The last time we saw Jacob Trouba on a sheet of NHL ice, he was being stretchered off after a terrifying face-first fall into the boards over a month ago. By all accounts, the slip was deemed a fluke and derailed what had been an outstanding start for Trouba, who was garnering some early buzz for Calder consideration.
Here’s the incident.
According to Melissa Martin of The Winnipeg Free Press, Trouba has been given clearance to return to action for the first time since October 18. The young defender spoke to her about how hard it has been to sit on the sidelines for the last 17 games:
I’m excited to start playing again, that’s for sure. It’s been a rough month… however long it’s been for me. I’m not used to not playing… It’s tough seeing us lose these last couple of games for sure. It’s tough to see some losses when you want to do whatever you can to help the team win.
The Jets have been banged up badly on the blue line, and will welcome Trouba back with open arms. Zach Bogosian has been on the shelf for 10 days with a groin issue, while Paul Postma continues to sit out as well. Winnipeg had been playing some strong hockey prior to the injuries, and will be looking to get back on track as they get healthy again.