Video: 2013 World Junior Championship – Jacob Trouba and Riley Barber, USA

By Chapin Landvogt

Jacob Trouba - USA

Photo: University of Michigan defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Jacob Trouba has been a force for Team USA at the 2013 World Juniors (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

While it is difficult to call a player chosen in the top 10 of the NHL Draft a steal, the Winnipeg Jets have to be feeling good about what they've seen from their 2012 first selection, defenseman Jacob Trouba, at the 2013 World Junior Championship.

Trouba has been doing it all for Team USA, whether it is generating offense, or blocking shots and playing solid, physical defense in his own end. The University of Michigan freshman was thought to be talented but a bit rough around the edges heading into last year's draft, but it is clear he has come a long way in a short amount of time.

Another NCAA freshman that has carried over his strong, early-season play into this WJC is forward Riley Barber. The Miami University player and Washington Capitals draft pick has been an effective offensive player for the RedHawks, and he has continued to create offense for Team USA at this tournament with three goals and two assists through five games.

Trouba and Barber now prepare for their semi-final showdown with Canada following their 7-0 win over the Czech Republic in their WJC quarter-final game. The two players spoke with the media following the win, with portions of those comments captured in this HF video.

 

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