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Jacobs selected in second round

Two-way defenseman looking to fill mold of Chicago's Brent Seabrook

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 4:40 PM ET / Draft
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Jacobs selected in second round


 
On Day 2 of the 2014 Draft, the Devils added defenseman Josh Jacobs (Indiana, USHL) in the second round. The 41st overall selection, Jacobs hopes to continue his development as a two-way rearguard in the mold of Chicago’s Brent Seabrook. 

Devils’ Director of Scouting, David Conte:
"He’s big and strong – there’s absolutely no flaws in his game. He’s a right shot defenseman, which everyone covets and we’re starting to have a little bit in abundance, which is a good thing. Solid character, good student. The sky’s the limit for him."

More on Jacobs: 

• He compiled 23 points (5g-18a) and a plus-36 rating (fifth in the United States Hockey League) 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.

• 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.

• Another NHLer that Jacobs looks up to is former Indiana Ice defenseman and current Boston Bruin 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 (9g-19a) 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 (3g-14a) 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.”

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