2010-11: Jacob de la Rose, who began playing hockey in eastern Sweden in his hometown of Arvika, moved west to join older brother Erik and play in Leksand after skating in six games for Farjestad’s U18 team in 2009-10. He made his debut in Sweden’s U20 SuperElit league, playing two games with Leksand’s U20 team and spent most of the year with the U18 and U16 squads. De la Rose scored 1 goal in two U20 games. In 30 regular season games with Leksand U18 he had 12 goals with 13 assists and had 22 penalty minutes. He had 4 assists in six playoff games. De la Rose dominated at the U16 level, scoring 7 goals with 8 assists in just six games. He gained some international experience playing for Sweden at the U16 and U17 levels; scoring 6 goals with 3 assists in 10 games with the two teams.
2011-12: De la Rose made his debut in Swedish pro hockey as a 16-year-old — skating in 14 regular season contests and all 10 Kvalserien games for Leksand’s men’s team — and represented Sweden in three junior championship tournaments. He scored 2 goals with no assists and 8 penalty minutes as Leksand finished second in Sweden’s second league, Allsvenskan. De la Rose scored 2 goals and was minus-2 in the six-team post-season (Leksand finished fourth failing to secure one of the two Elitserien spots). In 28 games with Leksand’s U20 team, de la Rose scored 4 goals with 9 assists and was minus-six with 24 penalty minutes. He was scoreless in four games at the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge in Canada, scored 1 goal with 3 assists for Sweden at the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge, and scored 1 goal with 2 assists as Sweden won a silver medal at the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship.
2012-13: De la Rose spent most of the season playing for Leksand in Allsvenskan and competed for Sweden in the 2013 U20 and U18 World Junior Championship tournaments. De la Rose was the leading scorer amongst junior players in Allsvenskan, finishing with 6 goals and 6 assists in 38 games and was plus-eight with 31 penalty minutes. He had 1 assist and was plus-one in 10 Kvalseries games as Leksands, which was first in Allsvenskan, finished second to earn an Elitserien spot for 2013-14. De la Rose was scoreless and plus-one in six games as Sweden captured a silver medal in the U20 WJC and captained Sweden’s team at the U18 tournament. He had 1 goal with 2 assists, and an even plus/minus, in five games as Sweden lost to the USA in the U18 quarterfinals. De la Rose was ranked seventh amongst European skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Montreal in the second round (34th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: De la Rose played for Leksand in the SHL as an 18-year-old and skated for the silver medal-winning Sweden U20 team that co-hosted the 2014 World Junior Championship with Finland. Skating in 49 of 55 regular season games as Leksand returned to the top division in Sweden, he scored 7 goals with 6 assists and was -5 with 18 penalty minutes, averaging 14:22 minutes of ice time. Leksands finished seventh, falling to HV71 in a best-of-three play-in series. De la Rose was -1 with no points nor penalties in three games against HV71. He scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes in seven games for Sweden at the WJC. Sweden reached the gold medal game unbeaten, falling 3-2 in overtime to Finland to finish second. De la Rose signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal in April 2014.
2014-15: De la Rose made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in a February 3rd game against Buffalo, skating in 33 regular season games and all 12 playoff games for Montreal. He began the year with AHL affiliate Hamilton and skated for Sweden in the 2015 World Juniors. De la Rose scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was -5 with 12 penalty minutes, averaging 13:47 minutes of ice time in the regular season. He had an even plus/minus with no points and 4 penalty minutes, averaging 12:40 minutes of ice time in the playoffs as Montreal reached the second round against Stanley Cup finalist Tampa Bay. De la Rose scored 6 goals with 5 assists and was +7 with 11 penalty minutes in 37 AHL games for Hamilton. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in seven games for Sweden at the WJC. Sweden finished fourth, falling 4-2 to Slovakia in the bronze medal game.
De La Rose's defensive-minded style of hockey has earned him time with the Canadiens, appearing in 33 games last season and playing on a line with Lars Eller, in a shut-down role with the team. While he's not the fastest skater on the team, he's very mobile and fluid, with an excellent pivot that allows him to cover a large part of the ice. His ability to read a play and cut off passing lanes is top-notch. There's not much production value to De La Rose's style, but that is primarily based on his deployment in defensive-zone starts and being faced with tough assignments as a 19-year-old.
De La Rose is capable of playing on the wing and at center, making him an asset in the bottom-six. With the logjam down the middle, De La Rose is best suited on the wing with the Canadiens.