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Will Trouba go pro?

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jacob Trouba is considering turning pro.

The Winnipeg Jets first-round pick at the 2012 NHL draft, Trouba completed his first year of NCAA action at the University of Michigan on Sunday and is now taking a few days to deliberate over his next move.

Jacob Trouba is debating the pros and cons of going pro.

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Jacob Trouba is debating the pros and cons of going pro.

"He’s pretty close to being ready on the ice, and then it would be the rest of the story. Is he ready for pro hockey? Is he ready to interact at the pro level and for this to be his full-time job? He’s not far off the mark," Wolverines coach Red Berenson told the Detroit Free Press. "I couldn’t deny if the kid wanted to leave and Winnipeg wanted to take him, I’m not going to fight it. The kid has been an absolute impact player all year. If he wants to come back another year, I think it would be great, and then there would be no question. You wouldn’t even ask that question a year from now."

Could Trouba be in the lineup for the Winnipeg Jets by the end of the week? Potentially, although that seems a long shot at this juncture.

Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been very careful in discussions about the player and he is fond of saying development can’t be rushed. What the Jets really think of Trouba and his abilities, however, could be revealed in the near future.

Were Trouba to come to the decision to turn pro, he would contact the Jets to state his intentions.

The Jets would then have to sign him to a contract. If the two parties were unable to come to an agreement, Trouba would have the option of returning to college. Technically, a college player cannot hire an agent and negotiate with a pro team or his eligibility will be forfeited. Discussions have to be handled carefully and follow protocol to protect the player.

If Winnipeg was able to reach a deal with Trouba, they could then send him to their AHL affiliate or put him on their NHL roster.

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Updated on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 6:09 PM CDT: minor edit, removes paragraph about eligibility

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