With the 107th pick the Buffalo Sabres selected right shooting center Colin Jacobs. Jacobs is a native of Dallas Texas and ironically is a product of a hockey community that got its start from the Stars’ Cup win over the Sabres in 1999. Jacobs is a power forward with good size (6’1″, 197 pounds), good snarl (he doesn’t shy from fighting), has a good shot from the point and is used often on the power play.
“He gets better every game out. He pays attention to the defensive side at both ends of the rink. He helps out down low. He’s learning to use his size much better and has good positioning. He’s playing on a low-scoring
team, but he’s getting more effective offensive instincts each game. He’s always around the puck, plays well in traffic and the corners. He’s strong on the puck.” – B.J. MacDonald, NHL Central Scouting
“Jacobs is a gutsy, two-way player that will do whatever it takes to make his team more competitive and win games. … He isn’t the fastest but he is often the hardest working and he knows how to translate that into success. He often knows exactly where to be to get the puck and when he does have the puck he is confident and possesses some raw but adequate puck skills. He isn’t afraid to drive the difficult areas of the ice to make a play. He projects as a defensive checking-line player but does have some goal scoring potential that has yet to be truly developed.” International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
“Has a good mixture of size, some skill, a rough and tumble style. Strong skater with a powerful stride. Likes to mix it up and hestiate to drop the gloves. Texas native is very immature from a hockey perspective, but beginning to gain better perspective of the game. At his best when given a clearly defined role. … Hard worker and diligent about rounding out his game.” – Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guideforum