Jacob Lagace
Image: QMJHL

Jacob Lagace

Hometown:

Beloeil Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-01-09

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

5th round (134th overall), 2008

Weight:

195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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.

 

Talent Analysis
Lagace was a scorer in the QMJHL, but his role has changed at the pro level. He does not have enough offensive talent to be a scoring threat in the NHL, but plays with enough passion and tenacity to become a very good checking-line player. Lagace suffers from bouts of inconsistent play, but some scouts think that will change once Lagace becomes more comfortable with his new role.
 
Future

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.

 

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