Joshua Jacobs
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Joshua Jacobs

Hometown:

Shelby Township Michigan

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-02-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (41st overall), 2014

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Joshua Jacobs made his debut with Belle Tire’s U14 national championship team in Michigan. In 31 games he scored 9 goals with 19 assists and had 24 penalty minutes. He participated in USA Hockey’s Select 15 Player Development Camp in July 2011.

2011-12: Jacobs played for the Honeybaked U16 team in Michigan and was an assistant captain for the USA team at the 2011 Winter Youth Olympic Games. In 24 midget games he scored 3 goals with 14 assists and had 20 penalty minutes. In six games at the YOG he had 3 assists and was minus-6 with 8 penalty minutes in six games. The USA finished fourth after a 7-5 loss to Canada in the bronze medal game. Jacobs was selected by Sarnia in the fourth round (72nd overall) of the 2012 OHL Priority Draft.

2012-13: Jacobs joined Indiana of the USHL; skating in 48 games for the Ice in his first season. He scored 2 goals with 13 assists and was minus-5 with 52 penalty minutes. Indiana missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Eastern Division. Jacobs participated in USA Hockey’s Select 17 Camp — scoring 1 goal with 2 penalty minutes in six games.

2013-14: Jacobs returned to Indiana for his second USHL season and skated for the USA in the 2013 U19 World Junior A Challenge. The second-leading scorer amongst Ice defensemen, he scored 5 goals with 18 assists in 56 games and was plus-36 with 46 penalty minutes. The Ice finished first in the Eastern Conference and rolled through the USHL playoffs; defeating Waterloo in the Clark Cup finals.  Jacobs scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was plus-3 with 2 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games. He had no points nor penalty minutes in four games as the USA captured a gold medal at the WJAC. He participated in the 2013 USA Hockey CCM All-American Prospects game in September and in October 2013 committed to playing hockey at Michigan State in 2014-15. Jacobs was ranked 43rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by New Jersey in the second round (41st overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Jacobs skated in all 35 games for Michigan State in his freshman season. He had 9 assists and was -10 with 26 penalty minutes. Michigan State struggled to stay over .500 but finished second in the competitive Big 10 Conference, ending the season on a down note with a 4-1 loss to rival Michigan in the conference semifinals. In June 2015 he announced he would play in the OHL with the Sarnia Sting in 2015-16.

Talent Analysis

Jacobs is a smooth skating two-way defenseman. He excels in transition, generating chances by moving the puck up the ice or hitting a streaking forward with a stretch pass. Two other assets he has are hockey sense and his shot. Jacobs’ defensive play greatly improved in his lone season at Michigan State. He was required to play more responsibly and focus on the details of defensive hockey.

Future

Jacobs attended his first training camp with the Devils before being returned to the Sarnia Sting for his first junior season in 2015-16. A big, mobile defenseman who likes to join the attack, he has fit in well with a Sting club whose leading scorer is 2015 Devils' first-round pick Pavel Zacha. Jacobs continues to refine his positional and defensive game but long-term projects as an effective two way defenseman at the NHL level.

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