The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to trade defenceman Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers in exchange for defenceman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft.
The Jets completed a trade Monday with the Rangers. The Rangers acquire defenceman Jacob Trouba in exchange for defenceman Neal Pionk and the 20th pick of the upcoming draft. That pick was Winnipeg’s in the first place the was sent to New York in the Kevin Hayes trade.
In Trouba, the Rangers get a young defenceman who can play on the top four and could be a huge boost to the powerplay. He is a shutdown defenceman who can also play a physical game giving the fact that he’s 6″3. Last season, he scored eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points, adding 58 minutes in penalties.
His possession numbers were 49.2 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of +0.7. Trouba has spent his entire six-year career in Winnipeg. In that time, he has 42 goals and 137 assists for 179 career points in 408 career games. The Jets originally drafted ninth overall of the 2012 NHL Draft.
In Pionk, the Jets get a good-skating defenceman that can play both ends of the ice. He is a smaller player, but has improved in his first two pro seasons. Pionk had six goals and 20 assists for 26 points in 73 games. He added 35 penalty minutes this season.
His Corsi was 43.9 and had a relative Corsi of -3.5. The Hermantown, Minn. native has seven goals and 33 assists for 40 points in 101 career games. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.