The Winnipeg Jets will be without Jacob Trouba for an “extended period of time” due to an ankle injury. The news emerged on Sunday with the Jets looking to return from the All-Star break with a full head of steam.
Alas, Winnipeg’s defensive depth is about to face a serious test.
Trouba sustained the injury on Thursday as the Jets lost 4-3 to the Anaheim Ducks.
Winnipeg has been contending with significant injuries this season, with centre Mark Scheifele and defenceman Dmitry Kulikov among those on the shelf. Goalie Steve Mason is also out, as is forward Adam Lowry.
Trouba has been enjoying what could be termed a breakout season with the Jets this year, with three goals and a total of 20 points thus far. He’s second on the team in ice time to Dustin Byfuglien.
The Jets have benefitted greatly from his play, too. They’re first in the Central Division with a 29-13-8 record, which points them a point up on the Nashville Predators. Winnipeg has 32 games remaining in the season and should be positioned for a solid run, even if Trouba misses the projected six to eight weeks of playing time.
Rookie blueliner Tucker Poolman will step in for Trouba, while the aforementioned Byfuglien should see a larger boost in his playing time. He’ll probably skate alongside Josh Morrissey, who’d been holding it down with Trouba before the injury.
Poolman has been skating with the Manitoba Moose and has six points in 13 games in the AHL. He’s also spent time with the big club this season, posting a goal in 13 games with the Jets.
Winnipeg is gearing up for a 10-game home stand that will commence on Tuesday with a contest against Tampa. They played 29 of their first 50 games of the season on the road.