With the 120th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the Carolina Hurricanes selected Jaccob Slavin, an American-born defenseman who was playing with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League at the time.
Originally standing at 6’1″, 180 lbs pounds, the Erie, Colorado native has grown two inches since then, and he has gained nearly twenty pounds. In his last season (2012-2013) with Chicago in the USHL, Slavin tallied 33 points in 62 games with the Steel, which was about what he produced the year before, but his plus/minus dropped from a +5 in 2011-2012 to a -18 in 2012-2013.
Jaccob Slavin decided to attend college and play hockey at Colorado College. Many people worried about how well the 19-year-old would transition into college hockey, but those worries quickly went away.
Jaccob Slavin’s Freshman year at Colorado College was terrific. He picked up 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) in 32 games with Colorado, and he was a +2. Those numbers alone are very impressive, but the fact that his team went 7-24-6 makes his outstanding season even more impressive, considering he received little help from his teammates.
Slavin played on the power play, penalty kill, and at even strength regularly for the Tigers in his first year.
As a Freshman defenseman, Slavin led the team in points, even though he missed 7 games. Jaccob Slavin was one of only two players on the team that finished with a positive plus/minus.
On top of being the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s (NCHC) rookie of the year, Jaccob Slavin was a member of the College Hockey News’ all-rookie team. Slavin was also named to the All-NCHC 2nd team. He was the only freshman to be given that honor.
The things that Jaccob Slavin achieved in his first year at college is very impressive. The former fourth-round pick is overachieving big time with Colorado College, and he is turning into a legitimate defensive prospect for the Carolina Hurricanes.
Jaccob Slavin will return for his Sophomore year at Colorado College next season, but he could turn pro very soon. Keep an eye on Jaccob Slavin, because this kid could be in a Carolina Hurricanes uniform in the near future.