Seattle Thunderbirds center Colin Jacobs is one of two Texas natives (Stefan Noesen and yes- you read that right- two Lone Star staters) who could be picked in the top-60 of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Jacobs' stock has been up and down this season. He has the physical tools to be a player at the next level, but struggled with consistency and with meeting expectations this season. At the same time, he showed commitment by leaving Texas to challenge himself at an elite level of competition in the WHL. That lack of high-end developmental situations at the lower levels in a non-hockey hotbed probably set him back a bit, but to his credit, he looks like he could be a player.
Jacobs has potential. He's a powerful skater who mucks well along the walls and bulls his way to the net. He has a heavy shot with a quick release. Doesn't have the offensive hockey sense to be a big point getter as things stand right now, and needs to be a more consistent physical presence given his size and tools.
Noesen is a solid second-rounder who could possibly break into the late first, but if Jacobs breaks into the late second, it will be a big accomplishment. Should both go in the top-60, it would be a first that two Texas born-and-trained players went so high.