The news went from gruesome to good in a short time Friday night for Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba. Not three minutes into the second period the 19-year-old rookie was on his 10th shift of the game and went chasing a puck into the offensive zone. As he neared the end boards possibly trying to put a bodycheck on St. Louis defender Jordan Leopold Leopold shifted slightly to his left. That left Trouba in a sort of no-man's land. Still moving with some velocity he missed the contact with Leopold and then fell forward to his right striking the boards with his head in a crooked position. Play was called immediately and the 2012 first-round draft pick was eventually taken off on a stretcher and in a neck collar. The team said later Trouba never lost consciousness and that he was alert and communicating even before he was taken to hospital for X-rays and tests. "Trouba's still getting evaluated but everything's good" Jets coach Claude Noel said after the comeback 4-3 shootout win over the Blues. "He's got motion and he's got everything good. I think they're just running him through some tests to make sure everything's fine. "I never really saw the play but got it through one of the assistants who saw it happen. Then I watched the replay. It was pretty scary. That doesn't look good. Anytime they want to call out stretchers it's never a good moment." The rookie did not have a great first period flubbing a pass that resulted in a turnover for Alex Steen's first of two goals on the night. The Jets had to finish the game with four defencemen after Mark Stuart who started out as Trouba's partner was injured in the third period. The Trouba incident however might have rattled the Jets for awhile. "That was pretty scary" said left-winger Evander Kane. "I think I was one of the only guys that saw it happen. I was definitely thinking about him throughout the course of the game. "It was kind of tough to bounce back and get into it pretty quick. Hopefully he's OK. We got a little bit of good news that he was moving and conscious." Said Jets centre Bryan Little: "You just hope that it's precautionary that he's going to be alright. There's not much you can do but wait until after the game to hear how he's doing."
Jets Trouba OK after scary crash into boards
Winnipeg Free Press | Oct 19