June 28, 2014
EAST LANSING - Incoming freshman Josh Jacobs was selected in the second round, 41st overall, by the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 NHL Draft on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The defenseman is a native of Shelby Township and played the last two seasons for the Indiana Ice of the USHL.
Jacobs is one of four incoming freshmen that signed National Letters of Intent to join the Spartans in the fall.
Known as a strong skater with size and good puck-moving skills, the 6-foot-2, 193-pounder produced a total of 28 points in 68 games as the Ice won the Clark Cup title this season. In 12 playoff games, Jacobs had three goals and two assists and was a plus-3. During the regular season, he had five goals and 18 assists and was a plus-36.
Jacobs, was ranked the No. 43 skater on the final list of North American draft-eligible prospects by NHL Central Scouting. He is the first Spartan to be selected in the NHL Draft by New Jersey since Neil Davey in 1984.
In his first year with the Ice, Jacobs had a 2-13-15 scoring line in 48 games. Following the 2012-13 season, he was one of 40 players selected to take part in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh last September.
Jacobs has significant international experience as well, having played for Team USA on a number of occasions. He represented the USA at the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia this year and also took part in the 2012 Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, where he served as an assistant captain and recorded three assists.
Jacobs played midget hockey for Honeybaked U16 in 2011-12.