2007-08: In his first season with Chicoutimi (QMJHL), Jacob Lagace netted 23 goals and 62 points in 67 appearances as a rookie. He was nominated to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team for his efforts. He also appeared in seven games with the Canadian National U18 squad, scoring a goal and three points while taking home the Gold Medal.
2008-09: Lagace appeared in 64 games in his second QMJHL season with Chicoutimi. He led the Sagueneens in goals (32) and points (69) and was +2 on a team that finished with a losing record. In the four-game playoff series with Rimouski he scored 1 goal with two assists and was -1 with 4 PMs.
2009-10: Lagace went on an absolute tear to open the season; scoring 30 goals including 8 power play goals in 35 games with Chicoutimi. He also had 23 assists and a +2 plus/minus before being traded to Cape Breton for defensemen Eric Gelinas (NJ) and two draft picks. Lagace's offensive numbers tailed off a bit with the Screaming Eagles; he scored 5 goals with 15 assists and was +9 in 25 games and had just 3 assists and was -4 in the five-game playoff series with Moncton. Lagace made his AHL debut with Portland, appearing in one playoff game, and was signed to an entry-level contract by Buffalo in June 2010.
2010-11: Lagace opened his first pro season with Portland, spent a month with ECHL Greenville in mid-season, then re-joined the AHL Pirates in February and finishing the season in Portland. In 58 games with the Pirates, he scored 10 goals with 13 assists and was +4 with 34 PMs. He skated in 3 of the Pirates' 12 playoff games and was scoreless and -1 in a limited role. In 13 ECHL games with the Road Warriors he had 6 assists and was +3.
2011-12: Lagace skated for Sabres' AHL affiliate Rochester in his second pro season — showing some scoring ability mid-season and solid two-way play before being slowed by a wrist injury late in the year. He scored 10 goals with 10 assists and was plus-two with 25 penalty minutes in 58 games. Lagace had just one point, an assist, after January 25th for the Amerks and did not play in the three-game playoff series against the Toronto Marlies.
Lagace will stick with Rochester for most of the season, and if he plays well, he might earn a call-up or two. Lagace can be a useful, energy player down the road.