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Originally Posted by Brogosian View Post
That is all well and good, but IMHO where teams go wrong is to bank on a player performing in a certain role on the big club when their pro performance is a total unknown.

Who knows? Trouba might walk onto the Jets roster and right into the top 4. He might stun the league a la Karlsson. But when you start planning your season around players in roles that you have no idea if they can handle, you are in big trouble.

Plan for a year without Trouba being a meaningful player in Winnipeg. If he ends up here, contributing, consider it a bonus.
Completely agree. He's a 19 year old kid, with zero pro experience.

If he plays with Team USA at the Worlds, it will be interesting to see what his role is, how many minutes he gets, etc.

Now, if he goes there and out-performs some of the other US dmen who play in the NHL, does that change people's expectations? Do you then pencil him in, in the top 6 or maybe 4? When Taser went over for team Canada and did pretty well, that helped his situation the following year with Chicago.

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