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Fort Gratiot, Michigan native Jacob Truscott has spent the last two seasons with the US National Team Development Program. This year he scored five goals and 16 assists for 21 points in 47 games with the Under-18 team. Unfortunately, this year’s squad didn’t get the chance to compete at the IIHF Under-18 World Championships due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Last year, Truscott scored five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 55 games with the Under-17 team. He also added a goal and an assist for two points in two USHL playoff games. Truscott played for Team USA at the 2018 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge. He registered one assist in four tournament games.
Truscott is a product of Michigan based Little Caesar’s hockey program. In 2017-18 he scored 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points in 48 games in Midget Hockey. In 2016-17 he scored four goals and 18 points in 20 games at the Peewee level.
Truscott is committed to playing hockey for the University of Michigan Wolverines next year. Should he change his mind, his OHL rights belong to the London Knights, who drafted him in the 8th round, 154th overall, in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection Draft.
Jacob Truscott Scouting Report
Defence — shoots Left
Born April 12th, 2002 — Port Huron, Michigan
Height 6’1″ — Weight 172 lbs [185 cm/78 kg]
Truscott is a very good skater and he uses this to be effective in both ends of the ice. He has a good first step and strong acceleration in both directions. His top-end speed is also well above average. The strong backwards skating is combined with very good lateral agility and helps Truscott to defend against the rush. He is difficult to beat in one-on-one situations. His edgework and pivots are also very good and allow Truscott to change directions or transition from offence to defence (and vice-versa) with ease. Truscott could stand to get stronger in his lower body. This would improve his balance. It would also make him stronger in battles on the boards and in front of the net.
Truscott pairs his skating with good stickhandling ability. He is able to retrieve pucks in his own zone and avoid the forecheck before passing the puck up the ice. He is also able to carry the puck through the neutral zone and create effective zone entries. However, this is something he does not do a lot of, as he prefers not to gamble unless an excellent opportunity presents itself. Truscott is not the most creative player but he makes safe and smart plays to keep the puck moving in the offensive zone. He won’t hold on to the puck for long, preferring to get it to an open teammate. He also does a good job of picking his spots and pinching in to keep the puck in the offensive zone.
Truscott also has a decent shot from the point. It is not overpowering, but he does a good job of getting it on the net. Truscott uses his lateral mobility to walk the line and open up shooting lanes. He is effective with his one-timer from the point as well as sneaking down to the circle and taking a wrist shot. As he continues to get stronger, his shot may become even harder and give goalies more issues.
Truscott uses his strong skating to defend in his own end of the rink. His backwards and lateral mobility gives him good gap control and he is tough to beat on the rush. He funnels attackers to the outside and away from prime shooting areas. An active stick helps him to stick check opponents and take the puck away. He also has good positioning away from the puck, cutting down passing and shooting lanes. Truscott’s ability to move the puck quickly out of the defensive zone also helps to reduce the other team’s possession and zone time, and this helps his defensive game. He could stand to be stronger and more physical as he will need to improve this area of his game to play at the pro level.
Projection and Comparison
Truscott does a lot of things well but doesn’t really have an outstanding trait at this point. He also needs to improve his strength and gain muscle in the next few years. With his commitment to playing hockey at the NCAA level, he will get plenty of opportunities to do so. He could become a second-pair defender at the next level, as well as play a bit of power-play time on the second unit if he is able to round out his game. Truscott’s game is reminiscent of Chris Campoli, however, this is a stylistic comparison only and not one based on skill and potential.
The following is a compilation of some of the highlight packages and features of Jacob Truscott that are available on youtube and twitter.
— USHL (@USHL) January 21, 2020
Today's ?????? ????????? is Jacob Truscott (@jtruscott55)!
The Wolverines are getting a good one ? pic.twitter.com/kKlrqztl9h
— USA Hockey’s NTDP (@USAHockeyNTDP) April 27, 2020
"…it's such an honor to not only represent myself but my family and this country…"
— USA Hockey’s NTDP (@USAHockeyNTDP) April 27, 2020
— Jokke Nevalainen (@JokkeNevalainen) February 8, 2020
@USAHockeyNTDP U17s host @RidertownUSA on Friday at 7pm at @USAHockeyArena. Tickets ($5 Fridays): https://t.co/SDm3yVc2R8. @CraigJButton's List: 4 @USAHockeyNTDP U17s make Craig's "20 for 2020" List: https://t.co/tJdD7C5SYj. Video: Meet Jacob Truscott:https://t.co/XCmffGrbPZ pic.twitter.com/EKTQv6n3dO
— Pete Krupsky (@PeteKrupsky) November 15, 2018
Jacob Truscott finds Dylan Peterson for Team USA's fourth goal of the game!
U17s up 4-3 against Minnesota Elite League North after two.
— USA Hockey’s NTDP (@USAHockeyNTDP) October 13, 2018
Stars n' Stripes ? of the Week. Check out the clock on this goal for the U17s.
Jacob Truscott flips the puck in to the neutral zone and Matt Beniers corrals, makes a move and ignites the rush.
— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) November 21, 2018
Jacob Truscott with a nice individual play to tally in the U18s 5-2 loss to Cedar Rapids on Saturday night.
— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) February 23, 2020
Check back tomorrow for the next prospect on our draft board.
Jacob Truscott Main Photo:
PLYMOUTH, MI – DECEMBER 12: Jacob Truscott #55 of the U.S. Nationals turns up ice with the puck against the Switzerland Nationals during day-2 of game two of the 2018 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament at USA Hockey Arena on December 12, 2018, in Plymouth, Michigan. The USA defeated Switzerland 3-1. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)