It had been reported Friday that Michigan State University defenseman Josh Jacobs was set to leave to NCAA for the OHL and the Sarnia Sting. The Sting made an announcement Monday that confirmed the news the New Jersey Devils prospect will be joining the team.
The Devils selected Jacobs last year with the 41st overall pick in the second round. Jacobs had just come from two satisfactory years in the USHL with the Indiana Ice. In his 104 game career with the Ice, Jacobs collected 7 goals and 31 assists.the decision to switch from the NCAA to the OHL or the CHL is a common one. Reid Boucher, another Devils prospect, went from Michigan State to the Sarnia Sting just like Josh Jacobs.
The decision to switch from the NCAA to the OHL or the CHL is a common one. Reid Boucher, another Devils prospect, went from Michigan State to the Sarnia Sting just like Josh Jacobs.
Jacobs has been defined by many as a two-way defenseman who moves the puck very well. Coming to the OHL will let Jacobs offensive abilities shine. The OHL is a fast paced, high scoring game that shows the best of players in the attacking end.
Jacobs will be playing along side of offensive juggernauts such as Nikita Korostelev, top 2016 draft prospect Jakob Chychrun, Jordan Kyrou, and possibly 2015 draft prospect Pavel Zacha if he doesn’t make an NHL club out of camp.
Jacobs and Chychrun will be an exciting duo to watch. Both exhibit smooth strides and have strong two-way style games. The Sting continue to develop a dominant team with this addition and will be a team to watch for a look at 2016 draft prospects. Chychrun and forward Jordan Kyrou could both potentially be drafted in the first round next year.
Jacobs was asked about what he could be bring to the Sarina Sting and he told sarniasting.com he’ll help with his two-way game.
“I believe I am a two-way defenceman. I like to join the rush if I can, but not let that take away from my defence necessarily. Love to move the puck, use my skating abilities and get pucks through to the net.”
Sting General Manager also thought Jacobs could bring skill to the team.
“He’s a high-end player that is going to play big minutes for our hockey team. He’s another big piece to the puzzle, as far as rounding out our back-end and being a guy that can play in a number of different situations. We’ve been trying to show him why the Ontario Hockey League is the best avenue for his professional career and build the relationship with him and his family over the last couple of years. We’re really excited that he’s going to be donning the Sting jersey in the upcoming season.”
Jacobs will most likely play with the Sting next season, barring some miraculous chance he makes the Devils out of training camp.