Jake Bischoff
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Jake Bischoff

Hometown:

Grand Rapids Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1994-07-25

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (185th overall), 2012

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2009-10: Jake Bischoff competed for the Grand Rapids Bantam A squad that advanced to the Minnesota State Tournament.

2010-11: Bischoff skated in 27 games for Minnesota’s Grand Rapids HS as a sophomore. He scored 5 goals with 24 assists and was plus-25 with 14 penalty minutes. After finishing under .500 in 2009-10, the Thunderhawks reached the Section 7AA finals, falling to perennial state power Duluth East, 2-1, in overtime.

2011-12: Bischoff played for Team North in the Upper Midwest Elite League prior to his junior season at Grand Rapids and made his USHL debut with the Omaha Lancers after the Thunderhawks were shocked by Forest Lake, 3-2,  in the Section 7AA playoffs. He scored 4 goals with 7 assists and had 4 penalty minutes in 21 games for Team North. He scored 11 goals with 29 assists and was an even plus/minus with 17 penalty minutes for Grand Rapids. Prior to the sectional loss,  the Thunderhawks had won 9 of 10 games and had defeated Forest Lake, 6-0, at the beginning of the season. Bischoff skated in 10 games for the Lancers and was an even plus/minus with 1 assist and two penalty minutes. He committed to playing college hockey at the University of Minnesota in 2014-15. Ranked 147th in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, he was selected by the Islanders in the seventh round (185th overall).

2012-13: Bischoff played 12 USHL games with Omaha, returning from an early season injury to receive Minnesota high school hockey’s Reed Larson award as the state’s top defensemen as a senior, before finishing the year with the Lancers. He played in one game with the Omaha in the fall before the injury and returned following his senior season at Grand Rapids. Bischoff was minus-6 with 2 assists for Omaha. After missing the first nine games of the high school season, he scored 8 goals with 17 assists in 19 games for Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks reached the Section 7AA finals against Duluth East before falling 4-3.

2013-14: Bischoff made the jump directly from Minnesota high school hockey to the college level; skating in 28 games as part of a crowded blue line for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in his freshman season. He scored 3 goals, including two game-winners, and had 4 assists —  finishing plus-15 with 8 penalty minutes. Minnesota finished first in the newly-formed Big Ten hockey conference and advanced to the Frozen Four championship game. After an upset loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten tournament semifinals the Gopher defeated Robert Morris and St. Cloud State to capture the NCAA West Regional and then defeated North Dakota, 2-1, with a game-winning short-handed goal in the game’s final second. Union defeated Minnesota, 7-4, in the championship game.

Talent Analysis

Bischoff is a skating defenseman who concentrates on his own end. Not overly abrasive despite the size to play that type of game, he uses his skills and hockey knowledge to prevent scoring opportunities and distribute the puck to create a transition. As with many 20-year-olds, he is still developing physically and will have to continue to add strength and bulk if he is to compete at the professional level in the future.

Future

Bischoff is in his sophomore season at the University of Minnesota in 2014-15 — part of a defensive unit in which all eight players are NHL draft picks. As with the Gophers' forwards, Minnesota head coach Don Lucia spent time experimenting with defense pairings prior to the Big Ten schedule. Bischoff has skated with fellow Minnesotan freshman Jack Glover (NSH) at times. Long-term Bischoff projects to being a skating, two-way defender with the ability to contribute on both ends of the ice.

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