The New Jersey Devils selected defenseman Joshua Jacobs (Indiana, USHL) with the 41st overall (second round) selection of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Jacobs compiled 5g-18a-23pts and a +36 rating (fifth in the USHL) in 2013-14 to help Indiana win the Clark Cup as USHL champions. Under the direction of head coach Jeff Brown, a 13-year NHL veteran, Indiana captured the title one season after a last-place finish.
Notes and Scouting Report from NHL.com
• Jacobs, who grew up approximately 30 miles north of Detroit in Shelby Township, has committed to Michigan State University for the fall of 2014.
• He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge and also served as an assistant captain for the U.S. at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games, where he recorded three assists in six contests.
• Jacobs aims to model his game after former Ice defenseman and current Boston Bruins standout Torey Krug: “I look up to Torey Krug a lot. I’ve gotten a couple chances to talk to Torey, he just has a lot of great things to say and good advice for me.” Other notable Indiana graduates are Carolina Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles and Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.
• He played minor hockey with the Belle Tire organization in Detroit, posting 28 points (9-19—28) in 2010-11 as the team captured the Midwest Elite Hockey League title. In 2011-12, Jacobs joined the Honeybaked under-16 team, totaling 17 points (3-14—17) in 24 games.
NHL Central Scouting’s Greg Rajanen:
“Josh is a solid two-way defender and is still growing into his body. He moves well in all directions and handles the puck well. He can one-time the puck with good pace on his shot and is good at stick defending.”
Joshua Jacobs spoke to the media following his selection
Getting Defensive in Round Two
The Devils have now chosen a defenseman in the second round in five of the past six Drafts. Previous picks include:
- 2009 – Eric Gelinas, 54th overall choice – He posted 7g-22a-29pts in 60 games in 2013-14, which was the third-highest total (tie, Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg & Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh) among rookie blueliners behind Boston’s Torey Krug (14g-26a-40pts) and Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm (6g-24a-30pts).
- 2010 – Jon Merrill, 38th overall choice – Recorded 2g-9a-11pts in 52 games during his first NHL season in 2013-14.
- 2012 – Damon Severson, 60th overall choice – Finished sixth (tie) among WHL defensemen with 15g-46a-61pts and was named to the league’s West Second All-Star Team in 2013-14. He also led Kelowna with 4g-14a-18pts in 14 games overall during the post-season.
- 2013 – Steven Santini – 42nd overall choice – Posted 3g-8a-11pts in 35 games and was named to the All-Hockey East Rookie Team in his freshman season with Boston College. Also scored 1g in five games with Team USA at the World Junior Championships.