Trouba, Bjugstad Leave NCAA Teams
CHN Staff Report
Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba and Minnesota forward Nick Bjugstad both signed with the NHL teams that drafted them, becoming two of the higher-profile players to leave the NCAA so far since their seasons ended.
Both were former first-round picks, Trouba by Winnipeg and Bjugstad by Florida.
Trouba played just one season with Michigan, but excelled, scoring 12 goals and was named College Hockey News All-CHN Second Team All-Star. He was drafted 9th overall by Winnipeg in 2012. Trouba was also a member of the U.S. World Junior team that won a gold medal in January.
Bjugstad had 21-15—36 with 11 power-play goals as a junior for the Gophers this year. That followed a 25-goal campaign last season. The 6-foot-5 Bjugstad was drafted 19th overall by Florida in 2010.