New Jersey Devils prospect Josh Jacobs has decided to leave Michigan State following his freshman year.
The defenseman will sign with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting. The Sting have a press conference scheduled for Monday morning at which time Jacobs’ signing could be made official.
“I talked to Josh and this is to me absolutely, positively a personal decision,” GM Ray Shero told The Bergen Record. “It was the family’s and Josh’s decision. They met with Michigan State and if that’s what’s best for him, then that’s wonderful for him. I would never be part of that decision.”
Prior to attending university, the 6-foot-2, 193-pound blue liner spent two seasons with the Indian Ice of the USHL.
The 19-year-old had nine assists to go along with 26 penalty minutes and a minus-10 rating in 35 games at Michigan State.
“I’m very thankful to Michigan State University and the hockey community for everything over the past few years and I wish them nothing but the best going forward,” Jacobs said in a release per the Detroit Free Press.
Shero said the club doesn’t have immediate plans to sign Jacobs to an entry-level contract. The Devils would like to see him at the club’s development camp first. New Jersey has until June 1, 2016 to sign Jacobs or he would be eligible to re-enter the draft.
Jacobs was the Devils’ second-round selection (41st overall) at the 2014 NHL Draft.
When Alex Galchenyuk’s season started with the Sarnia Sting, he didn’t exactly get off to the kind of start befitting the third overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Montreal Canadiens had a tip for him to help get him going though. The team’s director of player development, Martin Lapointe, told him to shoot more.
Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette found out hears from Galchenyuk about how that advice has paid off.
“I know I have a pretty good shot and I know sometimes I can a shoot a bit more,” Galchenyuk said. “I also know I can make a pretty good play. I have good vision and I can make plays, but (Lapointe) said I should shoot more, so I listened and I’ve started scoring. The last 10 games I’m more of a shooter. I think I’m more dangerous when I have the puck and I see that opening.”
Those last few games have been huge as we shared with you last week. In his last 17 games with Sarnia, he has 19 goals and 40 points. While the Habs won’t pull him from the World Junior Championships if the lockout is settled before the end of the tournament, he’s ready to go if/when they come calling.
Many Canadiens fans were worried about how their 2012 first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk would rebound from a knee injury he suffered last season. Safe to say he’s doing just fine now.
Through 33 games with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, Galchenyuk has 27 goals and 61 points. His goal mark is good enough to tie him for first with Stars prospect Brett Ritchie and Jackets prospect Boone Jenner. His point total puts him one behind Islanders prospect Ryan Strome.
What’s more amazing is that in his last 17 games he’s got 19 goals and 40 points and with Team USA’s World Junior Championships camp opening up tonight in Tarrytown, NY he’s getting into high gear at the right time.
Over the summer at the Team USA camp in Lake Placid, Galchenyuk was busy working himself back into form after his injury last season. Now that he’s fully healthy and with the kinds of numbers he’s putting up (eight points in his last two games, five against Kingston alone), Montreal and America couldn’t be more excited.