We have looked at a couple of prospects for the Caps that fall in the first round. Lets take a look a their second round pick at the 44th spot.
With the possibility that the Washington Capitals are forced to select an offensive player in the first round, Ekbald and Fleury gone by 13, the Capitals need to come back and begin to provide depth at the defensive position. Joshua Jacobs is one guy that should be there at 44 and is going to bring a lot to the table.
He is a bug guy that stands at 6’2″ and 196#. Jacobs is a two-way defensemen that can either carry the puck out of the zone or make a pass to a streaking forward and star the play. He is not afraid to take guys on and lower the boom in the corners. He will fight for the puck and is a menace to get around when playing defense.
A promising two way defender with size and presence. Already displays pro-like decisions and coolness. Has a long reach, and is already functionally strong. Can be the first man due to his smooth powerful quickness and puck carrying abilities. Can really let the puck go. The bonsus is he is difficult to go around on dee, and is a punishing checker whose balance lets him stay in the play after a devastating hit. Much to like about him. Was named to the U.S. World Junior A roster for the Junior A Challenge.
– Bill Placzek
Jacobs does have some consistency problems in his game but that can be worked on. Size and ability is a good start for this guy and the Caps. He is also not a high scoring offensive defenseman. Last year in the USHL with Indiana he put up 23 total points; 5 goals and 18 assists. If he can move the puck through the pass and be a stay at home blue liner, I can see him top 4 defense in a couple of years.