Vince Trocheck
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Vince Trocheck

Hometown:

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-07-11

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd round (64th overall), 2011

Weight:

184 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Vince Trocheck played for the Detroit Little Ceasar’s club. Trocheck was chosen in the second round, 24th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Saginaw Spirit.

2009-10: In his OHL rookie season, Trocheck played in 68 games for the Spirit. He scored 15 goals and added 28 assists for 43 points. In 6 playoff games, Trocheck scored 2 goals and added 2 assists for 4 points.

2010-11: In 68 games for the Spirit, Trocheck scored 26 goals and added 36 assists for 62 points to go along with 60 penalty minutes. In 12 playoff games, Trocheck scored 6 goals and added 5 assists for 11 points. Trocheck played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, scoring 1 goal in his team’s 7-1 win over Team Cherry. He was selected by Florida in the third round (64th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. 

2011-12:  Trocheck was the leading scorer for the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit in his third major junior season. He scored 29 goals with 56 assists in 65 games and was plus-15 with 65 penalty minutes. The Spirit turned things around after getting off to a slow start. Saginaw finished third in the West Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. In 12 playoff games Trocheck scored 5 goals with 6 assists and was minus-two with 10 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Panthers in April 2010 and was invited to USA Hockey’s U20 Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid for the 2013 World Junior Championship in August, 2012.

2012-13: Trocheck was the OHL’s leading scorer despite going from Saginaw to Plymouth in a mid-season trade and won a gold medal skating for the USA in the 2013 World Junior Championship. In 63 OHL games he scored 50 goals with 59 assists and was +49 with 58 penalty minutes. Ten of his goals were scored on the power play and he also scored five times shorthanded. Plymouth finished first in the West Division and lost to London in the Western Conference finals. Trocheck scored 10 goals with 14 assists in 15 playoff games and was +11 with 8 penalty minutes. In seven games at the WJC he scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was +5 with 10 penalty minutes. The USA defeated Sweden, 3-1, in the championship game.

2013-14: Trocheck made his NHL debut with the Panthers on in a game against Buffalo and skated in 20 NHL games after spending most of his first pro season with Florida AHL affiliate San Antonio. He finished the season representing the USA in the 2015 World Championship. He scored 5 goals with 3 assists and was -11 with 6 penalty minutes, averaging just 19 minutes of ice time, in 20 games with the Panthers.  Trocheck played 55 AHL regular season games with the Rampage and scored 16 goals with 26 assists while finishing -5 with 32 penalty minutes. San Antonio missed the playoffs; finishing last in the West Division. Trocheck was -1 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC for the sixth-place USA squad in Belarus. 

Talent Analysis

Trocheck is always among the hardest workers on the ice. He uses his vision, hockey smarts and work ethic to become an effective force up and down the ice. , Trocheck was a prolific scorer during his junior career - winning an OHL scoring title - and has shown the ability to consistently create offense since the start of his pro career. He shows good quickness and agility even without a blazing top speed, and he relies on his ability to read plays to get himself into a good position.

Future

Trocheck attended training camp with the Panthers after spending 20 games with the squad at the end of last season and has shuttled between Florida and AHL affiliate San Antonio in 2014-15. Trocheck has worked to improve his two-way game and gain the trust of first-year Panthers' coach Gerard Gallant. Skating with the AHL's Rampage he has been a consistent source of offense and has been a catalyst for the team's improvement this season. Long-term Trocheck is expected to be an above average second-line forward and a fixture in the Florida lineup for years to come.

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