2010-11: Jake Jackson played 26 games for Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minnesota as a sophomore. He scored 16 goals with 10 assists and was +3 with 18 penalty minutes. Tartan finished fifth in the Classic Suburban league and fell to Stillwater in the Section 4AA quarterfinals.
2011-12: Jackson skated for Metro Northeast in the Upper Midwest Elite league in the fall before returning to Tartan High for his junior season. He scored 3 goals with 1 assist in 11 Elite league games. Jackson was Tartan’s leading scorer, finishing with 25 goals and 19 assists in 27 games and was +1 with 30 penalty minutes. Tartan defeated St. Paul Como Park in its first Section 4AA playoff game before falling to traditional power Hill-Murray.
2012-13: Jackson appeared in two USHL games with Waterloo before returning to Minnesota to play in the Upper Midwest Elite League and skate for Tartan High School. He scored one goal and was an even plus/minus in his brief stint with Waterloo. Jackson scored 10 goals with 4 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 21 Elite league games for Team Northeast. He led Tartan in scoring as a senior, scoring 32 goals with 27 assists in 26 games and was +31 with 10 penalty minutes. One of the top public schools in Minnesota, Tartan was 20-3-1 with one public school loss (Duluth East). The Titans lost to Roseville 6-5 in their first Section 4AA playoff game. Jackson scored three goals against Roseville and was selected to play for Team Minnesota in the CCM NIT. He committed to playing at Michigan Tech in 2014-15 in October. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, he was selected by San Jose in the seventh round (201st overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Jacob Jackson is an athletic undersized forward. He is a very strong skater and can shift to top speeds very quickly. He has higher than average hockey intelligence and he plays a good positional game. The biggest knock on Jackson is his puck skills. He carries the puck well at high speeds, but he is a very predictable player to defend when he is not on a breakaway as his puckhandling skills are very rudimentary. His shot is below average but it should mature along with his body in the coming years. Jackson is an interesting prospect but he is a long ways away from the NHL.
Jackson will play for Sioux City in the USHL during the 2013-14 season and try and refine his offensive game.