Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba has at least two weeks ahead of him in a neck brace but his Friday night stay in hospital was short and he stood smiling and answered several minutes' worth of questions from reporters this morning at the MTS Iceplex.

The 19-year-old rookie went crashing into the boards face first early in the second period Friday against the St. Louis Blues. He was carried off on a stretcher with his neck immobilized but never lost consciousness during the episode.

He was released from hospital late Friday night after some X-rays and other tests.

He tweeted early Saturday morning: "If you were wondering the boards are not edible. I’ll be back soon."
Nobody was putting a time frame on his absence but it could well get to a month.

"I’ve got to wear this for a couple of weeks and then get re-evaluated" Trouba told reporters this morning. "That’s where we’re at right now."

On the play during Winnipeg’s 4-3 shootout win he was going hard into the offensive zone after a puck. It was hard to tell if he was trying to get the puck or hit Blues defenceman Jordan Leopold.