Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has mentioned in trade talks for over the past couple of seasons. Those talks could finally end now as he was traded to the New York Rangers for defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Trouba is set to be a restricted free agent on July 1st and it is most likely he will sign a long-term deal with the New York Rangers.
The New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils were two of the teams that were also interested in him. There were also some other suitors for Trouba.
In 82 games last season, he scored eight goals and recorded 42 assists with the Winnipeg Jets. His plus/minus was 8.
In six postseason games, Trouba recorded one assist. His plus/minus was -2.
In 408 career games, he has scored 42 goals and recorded 137 assists. His plus/minus is 37.
In 27 career postseason games, Jacob Trouba has scored two goals and recorded four assists. His plus/minus is 3.
He is only 25 years old and Trouba has many good years ahead of him. He is a very good puck distributor and his defense is average at best. Jacob Trouba was the ninth-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
As for Neal Pionk, he played in 73 games last season with the New York Rangers. He scored six goals and recorded 20 assists. His plus/minus was -16.
Pionk has work to do on his defensive game. In 101 career games, he has scored seven goal and recorded 33 assists. His plus/minus was -17.
I think the New York Rangers got the better end of the deal for now. With that being said, Neal Pionk could still develop into a solid defenseman and it will also depend on what Winnipeg does with the 20th pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.