Geek of the Week – Jacob Trouba

Terry Campkin

2014-02-02

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This week’s installment of GoTW proves that it’s fun getting into Trouba!


 

Last week, a reader mentioned to me how he uses Fantasy Hockey Geek to find players who have stepped their game up a notch in recent weeks, but who may be flying under the radar because their overall season numbers aren't on any league leaders lists. Today I present to you a player who is doing just that: Jacob Trouba.

 

If you are a frequent reader of Dobber, then you certainly should be familiar with Trouba. Just this week, he was referred to in the ramblings as "perhaps the next up and coming Subban". I always knew of Trouba as a player with high end potential, but when I read this quote I knew I had to dig deeper on Trouba because PK is an all-time favorite of mine.

 

At first glance, Trouba's output isn't all that special. His 20 points (as of the time of this writing) slot him 46th amongst NHL defensemen and he is only 19% owned in Yahoo! leagues. If you didn't dig any deeper, you might assume that he is just another Ryan Murray or a Dougie Hamilton: a high end prospect waiting to blossom, but contributing little to your team this season. If you take a closer look though, you would see that this guy is helping GMs right now. To help show how Trouba is starting to contribute, I ran the Dobber Experts league in Fantasy Hockey Geek for the month of January (up to the 29th). Here's where he netted out:

 

Rank Name G A +/- PPP Shots Hits
23 Jacob Trouba 4 5 10 1 23 21

 

Trouba has been the 23rd most valuable player in the league since we moved our calendars to 2014! Granted, a quick glance at his numbers will tell you that his value is inflated by two unsustainable factors: He is +10 in 12 games with the Jets which simply will not continue and he has also scored four goals on 23 shots which is an unsustainable pace even for an elite forward, much less a rookie defenseman. The fact remains though that Trouba's value (at least for this month) is up around the Pietrangelo/Chara level and while I know he won't maintain that torrid pace, his high output tells me that he deserves to be owned in many one year leagues as well as keepers. His shot and hit totals I would say are indeed sustainable and his output of about 2 of each per game in January is a great balance that is very Subbanian. It's probably a bit soon for the Subban/Pietrangelo comparisons though, so let's take a look at how Trouba compares to some of the other D, whose ownership level is far below his. 

 

Rank Name G A +/- PPP Shots Hits
23 Jacob Trouba 4 5 10 1 23 21
262 Niklas Hjalmarsson 1 5 -3 0 25 6
51 Matthew Carle 1