NHL Prospects: Trouba and Girgensons
Friday June 22, 2012
Team USA defenseman Jacob Trouba and Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Zemgus Girgensons are first-round prospects for the 2012 NHL Draft. (photos by Tom Sorensen and Jim Naprstek)
Two of the highest rated USHL players for the 2012 NHL Draft - Team USA defenseman Jacob Trouba and Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Zemgus Girgensons.
Girgensons led the Saints in scoring despite missing 11 regular season games. He collected 55 points (24g, 31a) in 49 regular season games, including six game-winning goals. The Riga, Latvia native was named captain of the Saints after helping the team win the Clark Cup last season. He was listed as #18 by NHL Central Scouting's final rankings of North American skaters. Girgensons is committed to play college hockey at the University of Vermont next season.
USHL stats - Zemgus Girgensons
Video - Zemgus Girgensons highlights
Trouba was the highest rated USHL player (#9) according the final rankings of North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He led all Team USA defensemen in USHL scoring with 18 points (4g, 14a) in 22 regular season games while posting a plus-eight rating. Over his two-year USHL career, Trouba collected 25 points (7g, 18a) in 53 games. He is committed to play college hockey next season at the University of Michigan.
USHL stats - Jacob Trouba
Video - Jacob Trouba profile
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12. With 28 picks during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 13 NHL draftees on its rosters this season, and 280 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s multiple social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action online all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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