Jacobs was waived by the Devils on Monday, Corey Masisak of The Athletic reports.
Jacobs has appeared in three NHL games over the past two seasons, and he's unlikely to see much action at the top level this year barring major improvements to his game in the AHL. He turns 25 in February and is yet to score more than 16 points in an AHL season.
Jacobs inked a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Wednesday.
Jacobs was limited to just two games with the Devils last season, instead spending the bulk of his campaign in the minors with AHL Binghamton. In 54 minor-league contests, the 24-year-old blueliner garnered five goals, 10 helpers and 20 PIM. Selected by the club in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft, Jacobs could see an improved chance at securing a spot on the 23-man roster next year, especially if Fredrik Claesson or Dakota Mermis are allowed to walk in free agency.
New Jersey assigned Jacobs to AHL Binghamton on Friday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Jacobs appeared in two games during his brief stay with the big club, going scoreless while averaging 16:35 of ice time. The 24-year-old blueliner will return to a prominent role with Binghamton, where he's notched 14 points while posting a plus-10 rating in 50 games this campaign.
New Jersey promoted Jacobs from AHL Binghamton on Thursday.
The Devils only had six healthy defensemen on their roster prior to Jacobs' promotion, so he'll be on hand as an insurance policy for Thursday's game against San Jose. The 24-year-old American has notched 14 points in 50 games with Binghamton this season.
Jacobs signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Monday.
Jacobs made his NHL debut last season versus Boston on March 21, in which he registered one shot, two hits and one block in 14:54 of ice time. In the minors, the 23-year-old notched 13 points in 69 appearances. The 2014 second-round pick figures to continue featuring primarily in the minors during the 2019-20 campaign, but could see a game or two with the Devils.
Jacobs received a qualifying offer from New Jersey on Tuesday.
Jacobs appeared in one game for New Jersey last season, finishing with a minus-one rating and failing to find the scoresheet in 14:54 of ice time. He now has the option to either accept New Jersey's qualifying offer, agree to a multi-year deal with his current club, or wait and try and find a better situation on the open market once free agency opens up.
Jacobs was reassigned to AHL Binghamton on Saturday.
While the right-shot defenseman seems to have lost some luster on his prospect status as a second-rounder from the 2014 draft, Jacobs at least made his NHL debut with the Devils on Thursday, picking up 14:51 of ice time to go with two hits and a blocked shot in a 5-1 loss to the Bruins. As a pending restricted free agent, Jacobs could be a part of the future plans in New Jersey, but he'll still have to receive a qualifying offer in the summer.
Jacobs was promoted from AHL Binghamton on Thursday and will make his NHL debut versus the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Jacobs will slot into the third pairing due to Will Butcher's (illness) absence. The 23-year-old Jacobs was selected by the Devils in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft and has spent the last three seasons playing in the AHL, where he tallied 37 points in 165 games. The blueliner will have just eight games to convince team brass to give him a shot at a roster spot heading into the 2019-20 campaign.
Jacobs signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Devils on Friday.
Jacobs contract will begin with the 2016-17 season. In the meantime, the 20-year-old blueliner will report to AHL Albany on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the season. Jacobs played well in the OHL this season, notching 24 points with an admirable plus-26 rating over 67 games. The Michigan native will likely spend the majority of the 2016-17 campaign developing his game in the AHL.
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