Jacob Trouba, the Winnipeg Jets’ first-round pick of the 2012 draft, said this morning that after a few days’ deliberation, his heart told him he was ready to turn pro.

"I’m not going to get any better without challenging myself," Trouba, 19, told reporters this morning.

The University of Michigan defenceman, a CCHA all-star in his freshman season, was the ninth overall pick last June. He agreed to an entry-level contract on Tuesday, ending his college eligibility after one year.

"I want to learn as much as I can, being around the Jets," said Trouba, who will be in Winnipeg Thursday, preparing to meet and join his new teammates.

Trouba said he had no idea if he’ll be in the lineup anytime soon.

"That’s up to the coaches," he said.

While this morning’s interview with Trouba was taking place, the Jets confirmed they claimed forward Mike Santorelli from the waiver wire from the Florida Panthers.

The Jets have picked up Santorelli, most likely to replace Nik Antropov after he was injured in Tuesday’s 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders. The Jets confirmed today that Antropov will be out for two weeks – a good chunk of what is left of the regular season – with a ‘lower-body’ injury.