NHL Mock Draft 2012: Minnesota Wild Select Jacob Trouba With No. 7 Pick

With the seventh pick in SB Nation's 2012 NHL Mock Draft, our Minnesota Wild delegation at Hockey Wilderness selects Jacob Trouba, a defenseman from the US National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League.

Jacob Trouba, D, US NTDP (USHL)

136301415_extra_large_medium

Trouba wore No. 8 for Team USA. (Getty Images)

For our Wild bloggers, the pick was simple. Trouba was the best available player and he fills a very specific need as a great defensive prospect.

[We have] him as the second best defensemen in the draft behind Ryan Murray, so the Wild getting Trouba at seven could be seen by some as a bit of a steal. Of course, with the level of talent on the blue line in this year's draft, it almost feels like it is tough to go wrong.

In a May profile of Trouba, Hockey Wilderness wrote that he has "all the tools to become an elite defenseman" in the NHL. Defensive prospects take longer to develop than forward prospects (generally speaking), but there's no reason Trouba shouldn't grow into a fine NHL player.

Follow along with our 2012 NHL Mock Draft in this StoryStream. Stick with SBNation.comand our network of hockey blogs for full coverage of the 2012 NHL draft.

Latest News

In This Article

Teams
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.