2007-08: Colin Jacobs was chosen in the fourth round, 67th overall, of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by the Seattle Thunderbirds.
2008-09: Jacobs saw his first WHL action, appearing in 2 regular season games for the Thunderbirds. He registered no points in those games. In 4 playoff games, he scored 2 goals and added 1 assist for 3 points.
2009-10: In his WHL rookie season, Jacobs played in 72 games for the Thunderbirds. He scored 13 goals and added 13 assists for 26 points while picking up 119 penalty minutes.
2010-11: In 68 games for the Thunderbirds, Jacobs scored 22 goals and added 22 assists for 44 points. He also added 69 penalty minutes on the season. Jacobs played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, picking up 1 assist in his team’s 7-1 win over Team Cherry.
2011-12: Jacobs scored 9 goals with 19 assists for Seattle in his third WHL season – missing 26 games at the beginning of the year due to a shoulder injury. He had 46 penalty minutes and was minus-18 for the last-place Thunderbirds. Seattle missed the playoffs after finishing two points behind fourth-place Everett in the U.S. Division in the race for the final spot.
2012-13: Jacobs made his pro hockey debut with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester in April after skating for the Prince George Cougars in his fourth WHL season. In 11 regular season games with the Amerks he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus. Rochester finished second in the North Division and were swept by first place Toronto in the first round of the playoffs. Jacobs did not play in the playoffs. Obtained by Prince George from Seattle in an August 2012 trade, he was the leading scorer for a young Cougars team that had the WHL’s second-worst record. Jacobs scored 25 goals with 28 assists, both career-highs, and was -27 with 98 penalty minutes. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Buffalo in May, 2013.
2013-14: Jacobs played 24 games with Sabres’ AHL affiliate Rochester — splitting his first pro season between the Americans and the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. He had 2 assists and was -7 with 29 penalty minutes with Rochester. The Americans finished second in the North Division and lost to Chicago in a first-round playoff series. Jacobs did not appear in any playoff games. Jacobs scored 2 goals with 3 assists and was -7 with 31 penalty minutes in 20 ECHL games with the Jackals.
2014-15: Jacobs spent the bulk of his second pro season in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals — appearing in two AHL games with Rochester in January and then getting recalled again late in the season by the Americans. Jacobs stepped into a heavyweight role for the Jackals, recording 113 penalty minutes in 40 games, and was -15 with 5 goals and 8 assists.
Jacobs is a two-way player with good size and a ton of WHL experience under his belt. He has good hands with strong leadership qualities and work ethic. He is limited offensively but will do the dirty jobs that others will not. Jacobs can play either wing and can play on the penalty kill.
Barring some significant improvements in multiple areas of his game, Jacobs will serve as a depth minor league player as he enters the final year of his entry-level contract. His team-first attitude and strong work ethic makes him a welcome addition to any team, but his on-ice production may not always warrant a lineup spot, even in the AHL. It is possible Jacobs spends the majority of the season in the ECHL again for the 2015-16 season.