Jacob de la Rose Coming to North America

De La Rose

In an interview with Hockey Sverige, Jacob de la Rose announced he will play in North America next season. The news comes following an interview with Windsor Spitfires General Manager, Warren Rychel. Rychel announced that de la Rose will either play in Hamilton or Montreal next season, ruling out the possibility of him joining Windsor or Leksand. It seems guaranteed that the second round pick will come across the pond next season.

The Arvika, Sweden native played his second full season with men this past year and his first in the Swedish Hockey League–the top tier of hockey in Sweden. The hard-working forward played in Leksand’s top-nine all season, seeing substantial penalty kill time. De la Rose grabbed seven goals and six assists in 49 games. De la Rose led all 1995-born players in points and also led all junior-aged forwards in hits with 50.

De la Rose also represented Sweden and 2014 World Junior Championship this past year, helping them to a silver medal. He posted six points in seven games and was one of the tournament’s best players.

Here’s quick look at de la Rose’s game that I wrote when he signed his entry-level contract:

De la Rose is a talented two-way forward. De la Rose possesses the ability to play both left wing and centre, making him a versatile player. Furthermore, de la Rose can fill a variety of roles on a team, whether that be a checking line forward or a complementary player on a scoring line. By any standards, de la Rose is a terrific skater, blessed with an explosive, powerful stride and terrific top-end speed. When taking his 6’3″ frame into account, that level of skating ability becomes even more special. De la Rose takes full advantage of this skating ability, as he possesses an endless motor, allowing him to cover all three zones quickly. For his age, de la Rose possesses a technically advanced two-way game. De la Rose can also throw his weight around quite a bit, and is known to be a tremendous open-ice hitter when given the chance; however, more consistency in his physical game is needed. De la Rose show flashes of a real sniper’s mentality; he gets into high scoring areas, but doesn’t always show a willingness to shoot. Despite possessing a powerful slapshot, de la Rose’s wrist shot needs work, as his release and power are both inconsistent. De la Rose occasionally shows a good level of creativity with the puck, although his hands can’t always keep up. It’s important to mention that all of de la Rose’s physical tools have taken a large step forward over the course of the season. De la Rose already possessed a strong two-way game, an endless work ethic, and leadership ability, which makes this season’s progress especially encouraging.

In Hamilton, De la Rose could be joined by up to five more rookie forwards, including Tim Bozon, Daniel Carr, Connor Crisp, Charles Hudon, and Jack Nevins. Nick Sorkin, a NCAA free agent who signed a try-out with the ‘Dogs could be brought back as well.  The ‘Dogs will have to fill up quite a few spots as captain Martin St. Pierre, and veteran powerforwards Mike Blunden and Nick Tarnasky are all set to become UFA. Louis Leblanc and Robert Czarnik are set to become RFAs. Maxime Macenauer and Justin Courtnall, two players on AHL contracts, are also set to become free agents.

Considering de la Rose’s professional experience, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him make the jump to the NHL at some point next season. His combination of skating, smarts, size, and improving skill makes him arguably the Canadiens best forward prospect.


Here’s a trio of Jacob de la Rose highlight packages:



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