Another Winnipeg Jet prospect is one step closer to strutting his stuff again on the international stage.
Jacob Trouba, the Jets’ first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (9th overall), has been invited to Team USA’s World Junior Championship Selection Camp beginning Dec. 16th at the New York Rangers’ Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, NY.
"It’s definitely exciting," said Trouba today from Michigan. "It’s something I had hoped to be a part of again. But just knowing it’s here now is exciting and seeing the guys I’m going to be with and that it’s that time of year is pretty cool.
"I’ve been waiting awhile to make up for what happened last year."
What happened last year? The Americans went 1-3 and were sent to the relegation round for the first time since 1999.
Team USA has invited 27 players to its camp and Trouba is one of three returning members from last year’s squad, along with goaltender John Gibson and forward J.T. Miller. After the first camp, the team will hold an additional session in Helsinki, Finland before announcing its 23-player roster on Dec. 23rd.
The Trouba announcement comes one day after Canada announced the 37 players heading to their selection camp, including 2011 Jet first-rounder Mark Scheifele.
The 18-year-old Trouba has played in 14 games at the University of Michigan, recording 10 points (4G, 6A) while playing significant minutes as a freshman.
The 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships will be held Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Ufa, Russia.