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Rookie Trouba (neck) might return Monday

Nov 25, 2013, 10:02 AM EDT

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Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba (8) is attended to by paramedics after crashing head first into the boards during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods) Getty Images

Jacob Trouba was one of the more highly anticipated rookies coming into the 2013-14 campaign as evidenced by the fact that he was invited to the United States’ Olympic orientation camp in August even before he made his NHL debut.

The 19-year-old defenseman’s first campaign took an unfortunate turn when he missed a check on St. Louis’ Jordan Leopold and instead crashed into the end boards. He has missed a little over a month with a neck injury as a result.

The Winnipeg Jets might get him back as early as Monday though, just in time for the start of their six-game road trip.

“It’s their call. I want to play. I feel like I’m ready to play. It’s out of my hands,” Trouba told the Winnipeg Sun. “It’s been a rough month and however long it’s been for me. I’m not used to not playing, so I’m excited to get back in there, hopefully pretty soon.”

Prior to the injury, Trouba was averaging 21:16 minutes per contest and had two points in eight games. Blueliner Julian Melchiori has been sent to the AHL in anticipation for Trouba’s return.

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