2009-10: A native of Erie, Colorado, Jaccob Slavin skated for the Colorado Thunderbirds. He played 13 games with the club’s U16 team and had one assist on a team that won 18 of 19 games in league play. Slavin did not participate in the Tier 1 National Championship tournament where the Thunderbirds were a perfect 9-0. In 30 games with the Thunderbirds’ U15 team he scored 5 goals with 11 assists and had 2 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Slavin appeared in 17 USHL games with the Chicago Steel, skated in 15 games for the Colorado Thunderbirds’ U18 team and was a captain for the Thunderbirds’ U16 squad. He scored 1 goal and was minus-15 with 10 penalty minutes during his time with the Steel. Chicago finished with the USHL’s worst record – winning just nine games. In 15 U18 games Slavin scored 1 goal. In 24 games with the U16 squad in the first half of the season he scored 3 goals with 16 assists and was plus-26 with 14 penalty minutes. Slavin committed to playing college hockey at Colorado College in 2013-14.
2011-12: Slavin was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for a much-improved Steel team in his first full USHL season. Slavin was third amongst all Steel skaters with 27 assists and scored 3 goals with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-six plus/minus in 60 games for Chicago. The Steel finished three points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference; winning 25 games. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, Slavin was selected by Carolina in the fourth round (120th overall).
2012-13: Slavin returned to Chicago for his second season in the USHL and played for the gold medal-winning USA squad at the 2012 U19 World Junior A Challenge. In 62 USHL games he scored 5 goals with 28 assists and was -18 with 6 penalty minutes. The Steel finished fifth in the Eastern Conference, 10 points behind Muskegon for the final playoff spot. Slavin had no points or penalty minutes in four games at the WJAC.
2013-14: Slavin was the leading scorer for Colorado College and was named the National College Hockey Conference rookie of the year as a freshman. He played for the USA at the 2014 World Juniors. In 32 games for the Tigers he scored 5 goals with 20 assists and was plus-2 with 11 penalty minutes. Three of his five goals were scored on the power play. Colorado College finished seventh in the first-year NCHC and lost to North Dakota in a three-game quarterfinal series. Slavin scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was plus-1 in five games at the WJC. The USA finished fifth after a loss to Russia in the quarterfinals.
2014-15: Slavin was the top scoring defenseman for Colorado College as a sophomore in what was a difficult season for the Tigers. He scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was -28 with 2 penalty minutes in 34 games. Colorado College finished last in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and was swept by North Dakota in the NCHC quarterfinals. Slavin signed a three-year entry-level contract with Carolina in July 2015, foregoing his final two seasons of college hockey.
Slavin is a rangy, smooth-skating puckmover who can contribute in both ends of the ice. He proved to be an elite point producer in two seasons at Colorado College, leading the team in scoring as a freshman and earning all-conference first-team honors as a sophomore. Slavin played for Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championships, but did not make the team last year.
Slavin will be one of several promising defensive prospects in Carolina’s system this season. He should start the season with the Checkers and earn ice time as the season progresses and he adapts to the pro game. Carolina is stacked with blue line talent, but Slavin should be near the top of the pecking order over the next couple seasons.